Real life Daredevil!

#1 Edited by The Englander (1188 posts) - - Show Bio

From Wikipedia

Diagnosed with retinal cancer at the age of two, American Ben Underwood had his eyes removed at the age of three.

He discovered echolocation at the age of five. He was able to detect the location of objects by making frequent clicking noises with his tongue. This case was explained in 20/20:medical mysteries.  He used it to accomplish such feats as running, basketball, rollerblading, playing foosball, and skateboarding.

Though at first resistant to using a cane for mobility, seeing it as a "handi-capped" device, and considering himself "not handicapped at all", Daniel Kish demonstrated to Ben how he utilized his white cane combined with echolocation to further expand his mobility, though Ben never adopted this method.

Ben died on January 19, 2009 at the age of 16. He died from the same cancer that took his sight.

Here's the interview with Ben's mother

Other individuals with echolocation:
  • James Holman, who traveled around the world with the sound of a tapping cane
  • Daniel Kish, who has taught other blind people to utilize echolocation
  • Dr. Lawrence Scadden

#2 Posted by Vance Astro (89534 posts) - - Show Bio

I heard of a guy like this before.He lost his eyes as a kid and now he can still draw even in perspective with no eyes.

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#3 Posted by Starkin (3285 posts) - - Show Bio

Ive heard about this guy

Theres a vid of him and others using echolocation to travel and spot different objects, on youtube.

#4 Posted by Vance Astro (89534 posts) - - Show Bio

That's awesome.

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#5 Posted by Starkin (3285 posts) - - Show Bio

Yup

They even go mountain biking

#6 Edited by TwoOneFive (17 posts) - - Show Bio

i was just watching this vid and came here to see if anyone posted anything about it on this forum: 
  

  I couldn't give more credit to his amazing mother. God bless her. 
#7 Posted by Aronmorales (9724 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow, the mysteriously miraculous things...

#8 Posted by spidey 15 (17884 posts) - - Show Bio

WOW....cool....=]

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