NPR: National Public Radio Network (United States)
How To Become Batman
NPR: Invisibilia – January 23, 2015
With Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller
A veteran of NPR’s Science Desk for a decade, Alix Spiegel joined NPR Science Reporter Lulu Miller to co-host Invisibilia, a series about the unseen forces that control human behavior – our ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and thoughts. Excerpts of the show are featured on the NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The program is also available as a podcast.
“Can other people’s expectations of you alter what you can do physically? Invisibilia investigates that question – specifically, they look into something that sounds impossible: if people’s expectations can change whether a blind man can see.”
Falling Off A Cliff | A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click
NPR: Invisibilia | Morning Edition – January 23, 2015
Lulu Miller, co-host of Invisibilia, interviews Julee-anne Bell, a blind woman from Australia, about her experiences in learning FlashSonar™ Echolocation from World Access For The Blind President Daniel Kish. Julee-anne also explains some of the unforeseen fallout of her increasing independence from her family.
How Can You See Without Seeing?
NPR: TED Radio Hour – November 20, 2015
With Guy Raz
A segment from an episode about adaptation, featuring an in depth interview with Daniel Kish in connection with his TED talk.
When he was 13 months old, Daniel Kish lost both eyes to retinal cancer. He taught himself to navigate by clicking his tongue and listening for echoes — a method science calls echolocation, and Kish calls FlashSonar™.
In 2000, Kish founded World Access for the Blind as a platform to teach FlashSonar™, along with other methods that blind people can use to “see” and that seeing people can use to expand their awareness.
Articles and Differing Perspectives About The NPR Interviews
We’ve collected a good number of articles that further the conversation about the issues raised in the NPR interviews with Daniel Kish, Julee-anne Bell and others, including one that takes the process to task under the banner of ‘Inspiration Porn’.
You can read through the collection that we’ve gathered on its own page at this link.
BBC: British Broadcasting Corporation (United Kingdom)
Batman and Ethan
BBC Radio4: February 14, 2016
Presented by Helena Merriman
Ethan was born blind. He’s (at the time of broadcast) a 10 year-old boy who collects sounds on his 51 dictaphones, composes and performs music. He’s been offered a place at St Mary’s Music School in Scotland – one of the best in the country. The problem is he struggles to get around.
This is where Batman comes in. His real name is Daniel Kish and like Ethan he’s blind. He’s a master of echolocation. He’s taught people all over the world to “see through sound”. “Batman” (Daniel) comes to Scotland to spend 10 days with Ethan, to teach him echolocation and help him prepare for his new school.
School ‘Expels Blind Girl’s Cane
BBC Radio4: In Touch – December 1, 2015
With Peter White
The story of a little blind girl at a little school in Bristol, England quickly went viral as the world learned she was told by her school to leave her long navigation cane at home.
A Health & Safety Risk Assessment was behind the seemingly cruel order which resulted from the discredited assessor’s ignorance of the scholarly evidence of the benefits of ‘full-length canes’ – much of it written by WAFTB’s Daniel Kish.
In this episode of In Touch, host Peter White travels to Bristol to talk with Lily-Grace and her mum, Kristy.
Culture Clash On Canes And Mobility?
BBC Radio4: In Touch – December 8, 2015
With Peter White
Host Peter White, who is blind himself, follows up on his interview with Lily-Grace Hooper – the young blind girl told by her school to leave her long navigation cane at home – by speaking with WAFTB President Daniel Kish, who has helped to pioneer the usage of these ‘full-length’ canes. Daniel happened to be on-assignment in the UK at the time and provided scholarly evidence of the benefits of these canes in the development of blind children.
Peter White also asks Daniel why an American has to travel thousands of miles to teach echolocation orientation and mobility to UK children.
Jeremy Vine With The Real-Life Batman
BBC Radio2 – April 2016
Daniel Kish, President of World Access For The Blind, explains the processes involved in FlashSonar™ Echolocation, pulsed signals made by clicking on the roof of the mouth with your tongue.
The echoes from these clicks have been scientifically proven to activate the brain’s Visual Cortex with acoustic imaging, enabling a blind person to ‘see with sound’.
The interpretation of this ‘imaging’ takes time to learn and decipher. Daniel gives Jeremy Vine an on-air demonstration of finding an object on the studio desk in this excerpt from the full program.