Interests in India


Lacking sight, he sees with his brain

The New Indian Express - February 6, 2013

"Daniel, who was at the Pondicherry University to conduct a workshop for the visually challenged faculty members, research scholars and students, explained the unique technique, called "echolocation", which helps him identify spatial relationships using acoustics, similar to that used by bats."

Seeing with sound: Daniel Kish hasn’t let blindness get in his way - Special to Weekend Review

GulfNews - April 4, 2013
By Mythily Ramachandran

About Daniel's visit to India to conduct workshops for blind people.

ACTOR DANIEL KISH INTERVIEW

Behindwoods - September, 2012

A lengthy and in depth interview with Daniel kish about a variety of topics, including his conducting workshops for blind people in India, and his acting part along side Vikram in the Tamil film Thandavam. Includes video and transcript.

Reflexology centre lights up lives of visually-challenged

The New Indian Express - February 5, 2013

Daniel helps to inaugurate a nation wide program for employing blind people in Naturals centers.

Children Need Love

Calcutta Mercy Ministries - August, 2010

This short but powerful video provides a touching and revealing exposé on our work with students in India, featuring Brian Bushway.

FlashSonar helps blind People find their way

The Telegraph, Calcutta - May, 2008

This article provides an astutely concise explanation of our Perceptual Mobility instructional process. "Kish said a trained person would be able to accurately differentiate between objects solid and hollow, big and small, and gauge the distance at which it stands with just a lick of the tongue. 'A flat, dense object like a wall will produce a louder echo than a fence.' ... In the final stage, participants are taken to an unfamiliar location and asked to find their way through it using their new skill. ... Jabesh Dutt, the founder-director of Divine Fellowship Blind School where the workshop is being held, said the best part of the workshop was that the teachers were being trained, too. 'We will incorporate the technique into our curriculum,' he added."

Seeing with Sound

The Statesman - June, 2008

This article provides a telling glimpse into our Perceptual Mobility instructional process, and how students respond. "Brian Bushway ... learned echolocation from Kish. ... even though he could not see, he noticed that he was still able to sense where things, ush as pillars, were in a room. 'At first it was just explained to me that your other sense could become heightened when you're blind. But it was through World Access for the Blind that I learned it was science tha I could hear the sound... I was actually seeing with sound,' Bushway said. For Bushway and Kish, teaching blind people how to use echolocation is only part of what they do. Their passion is to help blind people to find freedom within their surroundings and for them to know that they can be succesful without seeing. 'I think it's more the idea that there are many ways to achieve. Just because a blind person could not drive doesn't mean that they could not get to the same destination. For me, it was learning to approach life differently but still achieve,' Bushway said."

Workshop for visually challenged

The Hindustan Times - June, 2008

"The workshop aims to break down barriers and help the children ... discover themselves, and achieve their full physical and psychological potential." "in most cases, we find that a blind child's brain is asleep, from lack of use and appropriate activity. We shall do certain exercises to awaken them."

Blind students use 'bat vision' to see

West Bengal News & Yahoo! India - June, 2008

This article discusses the instructional progression of a typical workshop. "is echolocation more beneficial for blind children than walking sticks? 'A walking stick is just like spectacles that are a tool to vision but echolocation literally optimises the senses other than vision,' said Kish. 'After learning this technique a blind child will be able to analyse the exact scene or location that he is in. Besides he will be able to detect the height, breadth, contour and solidness of nearby objects,' he added. ... The workshop is being held in three phases. ... 'The final stage is the most crucial where the brain learns the most. It is called self-directed discovery stage. Here the students are taken to an unfamiliar environment and left to test how much they learnt from the earlier steps. They learn by themselves to familiarise with the unknown situation,' Kish explained."

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