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YOU DON’T NEED SIGHT TO SET TWO GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

 

Juan Ruiz is another proud legacy of the global efforts by Daniel Kish to educate and liberate blind persons.

Blind from birth, and also one of our earliest students, Juan has grown into one of our world-class Instructors.

He’s the first FlashSonar™ graduate to teach outside the U.S. and is the first blind official Perceptual Navigation Instructor in Europe.

Blind from birth, Juan Ruiz was born and raised in Mexico, later immigrating to California and proudly becoming an American citizen.

From a young age, Juan was very curious about the world around him and had a thirst for knowledge. He loved learning and reading and working with computers.

Always athletic and competitive, Juan became a California Interscholastic Federation Wrestling Champion in high school.

He liked tinkering with things, such as working on cars –  inside and out, and later developed this into a hobby, culminating in his restoration of a 1956 Ford Special.

Juan started learning FlashSonar™ Echolocation at the age of 12 from Daniel Kish and went on to help found the TeamBat program, which led to the formation of World Access For The Blind.

Juan has the distinction of being the first Perceptual Navigation Instructor and FlashSonar™ Coach to be trained and hired by World Access For The Blind.

This has allowed Juan to indulge his love of outdoor hiking and travel to over a dozen countries on four continents.

Juan is based out of Vienna, Austria with his wife, Nina, and travels to the United States at the school breaks to spend time with his sons Andrew and Matthew.

Module Photo: Juan Ruiz is pictured with Vincente Fox, the former President of Mexico at La Ciudad de las Ideas, Puebla 2015.

Juan Ruiz was the first Perceptual Navigation and FlashSonar Coach to be trained and hired by World Access for the Blind.

Among his many accomplishments, Juan has/was:
– Provided translation services and coaching assistance for the first international World Access for the Blind workshop in Mexico
– Set a Guinness World Record by invitation in Italy for blind bicycling, then broke that record also by Guinness invitation in Turkey
– The first blind echolocator to be featured on National Geographic TV, which led to several subsequent NatGeo programs and articles.

Juan has been a featured subject in multiple TV News segments and documentaries including:
– Discovery’s More Than Human, Stan Lee’s Real Super Humans, and Penn & Teller
– BBC’s Super Human Challenge
The Jeff Probst Show
– Don Francisco Presenta
– Primer Impacto
– ESPN
ABCNews.com
– National Geographic TV’s Humanly Impossible
– Two Japanese documentaries with a third in the works
– Multiple TV programs including Ripley’s Believe It or Not; RTL: Spiegel TV Magazin; Deutch Prisma; Arte Documentary; Fox News documentary (Seeing with Sound); HD Net’s World Report (Blind as a Bat: Seeing without Eyesight); CNN and CNN International: Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta;

– Various Italian, Austrian, Russian, British, German, and Chinese news and entertainment programs
– Written about in multiple popular periodicals including Men’s Journal, Orange County Register (several occasions), Mountain Bike Action Magazine, Bicycle Magazine, and a variety of Kenyan and Austrian newspapers
– First blind instructor to conduct seminars and workshops to higher education classes on rehab and mobility preparation in Austria and Italy
– First blind instructor to co-present a mobility workshop for the European German School for the Blind Headmasters Conference
– First blind instructor to be appointed by the Austrian Government’s Ministry of Education to provide professional development training to all Mobility Specialists working with children throughout Austria
– Involved as co-instructor in the first South American research project to assess the viability of Perceptual Navigation and FlashSonar instruction

Juan is looking to develop additional qualifications to provide regional management of World Access For The Blind’s services in Europe, Asia, West Africa, and Latin America.

After graduation from high school, Juan Ruiz spent a year as an Instructional Assistant for primary school children in the Anaheim City School District, in California.

He also spent two years as a full-time construction and landscaping Supervisor, and seven years as a part-time Assistive Technology Instructor.

Presently, Juan is a Perceptual Navigation Instructor for World Access for the Blind, a Los Angeles area-based 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization that teaches Perceptual Navigation and sensory awareness.

In addition to his more than 12 years with the organization, working with blind students from all backgrounds, Juan also serves as a teacher for sighted mobility instructors around the world on the use of FlashSonar™ (a specialized form of Active Echolocation) and Perceptual Navigation strategies.

In these capacities, Juan has logged over 2,500 hours of service, assisting with and providing professional development workshops, seminars for higher education, private trainings for students and families, and technical consulting for academic science and research.

He is looking to increase the number of Activational Presentations for the education and enterprise sectors, especially for young people, to educate blind students about FlashSonar™, and to encourage sighted students to become Perceptual Navigation Instructors.

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JUAN RUIZ: PERCEPTUAL NAVIGATION INSTRUCTOR ACTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

 

Juan Ruiz is a Perceptual Navigation Instructor for World Access For The Blind, and is our Multicultural Specialist based out of Vienna. As the first blind official Perceptual Navigation Instructor in Europe, his ‘Activational’ Presentations in Austria, Chile, Germany, Kenya, Japan, Mexico and more have helped to earn international credibility for our organization.

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JUAN RUIZ: HIS CLICKS ECHO ACROSS LANGUAGES AND CULTURES

 

Whether on his own, setting Guinness World Records, or as part of the World Access For The Blind Team, Juan’s FlashSonar™ clicks have echoed globally in many languages via the top international TV & radio networks, including ABC, BBC, Discovery, Fox, Fuji TV, Galileo TV, National Geographic, NHK, RTTL, Univision and many more.

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OUR TEAM: THEY STARTED AS CLIENTS & GREW INTO INSTRUCTORS

 

One of the proudest legacies of the decades-long efforts by Daniel Kish to educate and liberate blind persons from the traditional cycles of isolated dependency, has been the team of Perceptual Navigation Instructors he’s assembled from his students who have grown-up with FlashSonar™ Echolocation and it’s ‘NO LIMITS’ philosophy, and how they are ‘paying it forward’ around the world.

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WE TEACH BLIND PERSONS TO SEE WITH SOUND

When it’s a beautiful day, our students ‘see’ it in a new way.

Our scientifically-proven FlashSonar™ echolocation lights-up the brain’s Visual Cortex – the part normally used for vision – with audible spatial feedback, like sparks in the dark lighting-up the surrounding environment.

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