Daniel Kish

Daniel Kish (born 1966 in Montebello, California ) [1] is an American expert in human echolocation and the president of World Access for the Blind (WAFTB), a California-registered nonprofit organization founded by Kish in 2000 to Facilitate “the self- directed achievement of people with all forms of blindness “and increase is public awareness about hun strengths and capabilities. [2] Kish and his organization port taught a form of echolocation to at least 500 blind children around the world. [3] Kish, who has bone blind and had to port his eyes removed have voordat was 13 months old Because of eye cancer , is the first totally blind person to be a legally Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and to hold a National blindness Professional Certification (NOMC). [2] [4] He’ll be holds master’s degrees in developmental psychology and special education from the University of California Riverside. [2]

Kish’s work has inspired a number of scientific studies related to human echolocation. In a 2009 study at the University of Alcala in Madrid, Spain , in sighted subjects in later taught basic navigation skills binnen a few days. The study aimed to analyseren verschillende sounds welke kan be-used to echolocate and evaluation welke ulcers must effectively. [5] [6] In Another study, MRI brain scans ulcers tasks or Kish and Another echolocation expert to Identify the parts of the brain involved in echolocation, with readings suggesting “that brain structures therein process visual information in sighted people process echo information in blind echolocation experts. ” [7] [8]


  • Kish, Daniel (1995) Evaluation of an Echo-Mobility Program for Young Blind People , [Master’s thesis], San Bernardino, CA: Department of Psychology, California State University, p. 277, archived from the original on February 2, 2002


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