He began teaching himself the Perceptual Navigation FlashSonar™ techniques from materials published online by Daniel Kish, 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, and if he had the chance, he wouldn’t go back to being sighted.
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.
He speaks English, Latin and Italian, is learning Arabic, French, German, Russian and Spanish.
He hopes to go into field research and has co-written a book on mobility techniques titled ‘The Beginner’s Guide To Echolocation‘. He plans to earn a Master’s degree in orientation and mobility, and pursue two doctoral degrees in Anthropology.
As a profile of J in The Western Michigan University Magazine states, “For now, he’s happy to share his expertise so others can do as much as he does.”
J’s work been showcased in BBC and Weather Channel documentaries, and has appeared on Italian and German Television.
He 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
Presently, J serves as a Perceptual Navigation Coach for World Access for the Blind, a Los Angeles area-based 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization that teaches Perceptual Navigation and sensory awareness.
J has presented workshops and seminars throughout the U.S. and Italy on FlashSonar™ and 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 online 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 has provided Perceptual Navigation support several years running for Braille Beats Music Intensive and The Road Lies Ahead Navigation program, and has held positions in school districts, universities, and other organizations as instructional assistant, tutor, and mobility coach.