DIALOG:AWARENESS

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

Bringing All of My Visiting Guests to Dialog in the Dark

[Regarding a recent visiting to Dialog in the Dark:] I moved to NYC over a year ago and thought this might just be another tourist trap, but WOW was I wrong. I’ve never been more excited to be so wrong. … Continue reading

Thanks for a Valuable Experience!

I just want to thank you again for being our guide at the Dialog in the Dark experience yesterday. We do similar training at Amtrak, but it’s not nearly as comprehensive as Dialog. Having to negotiate Central Park, Fairway, the … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes

Part 1 of 5. Check out the video on YouTube to find links to the other parts of this documentary about Ben Underwood and his amazing use of echolocation.