J Louchart - Biography

"If you can, do. If you can't, try." - J Louchart

Justin “J” Louchart is a Perceptual Navigation Instructor and Activational Workshop Leader with World Access for the Blind. He works extensively with students, their families, and interested professionals to promote an identity of freedom with oneself and one’s environment. He’s well-versed in both the scientific and the instructional sides of our activational process, and strives to make the information practical for everyone, regardless of their individual backgrounds.

J went blind at the age of twelve due to X-linked Retinoschesis and Retinopathy of Prematurity. He began teaching himself the Perceptual Navigation techniques from materials published by Daniel Kish on the web, and began working formally with Daniel and World Access for the Blind two years later. J now says that blindness is by far the best thing that ever happened to him. He works with students and professionals within a results-based, growth-based model, meaning that he fundamentally believes that every single person he meets can and will make their dreams come true, just so long as they have the conditions in which to succeed. He tells his students and audiences to do their own impossible, and maintains that no matter what, no matter who you are, he believes in you. J believes that every student, and every person, deserves someone in their corner. He believes in people even when they don’t believe in themselves.

J’s professional experiences include being featured in several magazine articles and television documentaries, co-authoring publications on Perceptual Navigation, delivering various activational presentations and workshops to blindness professionals, special educators, and students, delivering public Keynotes and seminars on overcoming expectations, and maintaining a prolific presence in a range of professional forums. In addition to his well received deliveries to professional audiences, J works with blind students of all ages in individual and small-group workshops, and is eager to include their families, interested instructors, and other support systems in the training.

J’s message is always one of integrity and strength. His message is simple: You will find a way or make one. Personally, he emphasizes reflection and self-betterment, believing that a happy, healthy instructor will allow for the training to focus exclusively on the student and their needs. J strives unwaveringly for honesty, functioning within the understanding that change is best affected when we call a spade a spade. As an instructor J is open, compassionate, and adventurous. He places a high value on honesty and maintaining an informed perspective. His favorite thing in life is working with people of all backgrounds to facilitate their self-directed achievement.

J has a background in bio-cultural anthropology and loves learning about the world. He’s a voracious reader, and spends his spare time studying languages and volunteering with the local Buddhist temple. He’s currently studying English, Latin, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. He’s a nutrition and exercise enthusiast, and kids, animals, and nature are his all-time favorite things. He has a passion for life that goes far beyond the workplace.

J presently resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and can be reached by email at J-Louchart@worldaccessfortheblind.org.

Additional Achievements

- Has held positions in school districts, universities, and other organizations as instructional assistant, tutor, and mobility coach.
- Has been show-cased in BBC and Weather Channel documentaries, and has appeared on Italian and German Television.
- Has presented workshops and seminars throughout the U.S. and Italy on FlashSonar and Perceptual Navigation.
- Has operated as Perceptual Navigation support several years running for Braille Beats Music Intensive and The Road Lies Ahead Navigation program.
- Maintains a prolific and active presence on multiple online forums related to blindness issues.
- Co-authored an article about World Access for the Blind's Freedom Formula, translated for an annual French journal:
"La mobilité perçue: un nouveau paradigme pour faciliter la liberté de mouvement"
[Perceptual Mobility: A new Paradigm for Facilitating Freedom of Movement]
Daniel Kish et Justin Louchart (World Access for the Blind, California), Terra Haptica N°3, pp.121-132, Edition Les Doigts Qui Rêvent, 2013 (

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