Co-op City resident and jazz musician competes for People’s Choice Award

Frank Senior, who lives in Building 6 in Co-op City, is hoping that fellow residents will vote for his multi-award-winning documentary, Sound of Vision, which is one of 25 short films in the PBS 2013 Film Festival competing for a … Continue reading

SEE IT: Blind Chicago skateboarder quiets all doubters in amazing video

Tommy Carroll has been blind since the age of two. But the college sophomore hasn’t let that stop him from stunning those that said a blind man couldn’t master the skateboard.

A blind skateboarder who performs tricks and turns by using only his sense of sound is stunning the world with an online video.

Tommy Carroll, left without his sight since he was two-years-old after being born with cancer of the retinas, is attracting global attention for his remarkable feats on a half-pipe.

In the video, shot near his Chicago home which now has more than 500,000 views on Vimeo, he says: “All I do in skateboarding is based on sound. I’m constantly using the sound of my wheels to check if there’s anything in my way and get my sense of direction, all that kind of stuff.

Carroll, a sophomore student majoring in journalism and international studies at Northwestern University, started skating when was 10.

He says he faced many doubters, who told him that a “blind kid” would never be able to skate, when he first took his board into the park.

But his determination won out and two years ago led to him skating with legend Tony Hawk, who had heard about him and decided to come to his home for the day.

He now plans to set up a college skateboarding club to promote the use of protective gear.

In the video, Carroll adds: “I think everybody should know that everything happens for a reason and there’s always a way to overcome an obstacle if you really want it enough.”

Hitting the Court, With an Ear on the Ball

Kevaughn Merrill awaits his turn during a lesson in blind tennis at Lighthouse International in Manhattan, an early adopter of the game.

WATERTOWN, Mass. — Dan Guilbeault was 3 when doctors discovered a tumor called an optic glioma pressed against his optic nerves. He continued to play the sports he loved — basketball, baseball and football — until he lost most of … Continue reading

Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan: A Love Story

Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan - a love story

Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan: A Love Story is a funny, fast-paced account of the true adventures — and misadventures — of one blind New Yorker and his two amazing Seeing Eye dogs. Readers of all ages will be … Continue reading

How the Blind Are Reinventing the iPhone

Sendero, "an app made for the blind, by the blind."

At first many blind people thought that the iPhone would never be accessible to them, with its flat glass screen. But the opposite has proved true. Maria Rios, 66, woke up at 6am. She got out of bed in her … Continue reading

The Pathway to Sight

In 1979 Pat Fletcher lost her sight in a horrific industrial accident. Today she has emerged as a trailblazer in the use of an amazing technology, which, in a very real sense, has allowed her to see again by using … Continue reading

Blind and bumbling through NYC

Dialog in the Dark

What would it be like to navigate New York if you were blind? And how would your food taste if you couldn’t see it? The answers to these questions and more are at two of the city’s newest (and darkest) … Continue reading

Dialogue in the Dark

I don’t have a single photograph to show of the most extraordinary exhibit I’ve ever experienced, because it took place in complete darkness. Upon arrival at the exhibit today, our group were first asked to check any items we were … Continue reading

What to Do When You Meet a Blind Person

Every person is unique and therefore reacts in a unique way to blindness or visual impairment. A person who is blind and visually impaired whether totally blind or has some degree of useful vision may, at times, require assistance. Do … Continue reading

Blind Man Drives Car

Steve Mahan

“This is some of the best driving I’ve ever done,” Steve Mahan said the other day. Mahan was behind the wheel of a Toyota Prius tooling the small California town of Morgan Hill in late January, a routine trip to … Continue reading