Daniel Kish has been blind since he was two. He taught himself physical navigation using ‘echolocation’. When he clicks his tongue the departing and returning sound waves tell him what objects and surfaces are nearby. He now teaches blind people echolocation at his non-profit, World Access for the Blind.
Kish’s mother taught him to expect a normal life, and not to take his limitations as fate. His method works by tapping the strengths of blind people instead of reminding them of their limitations.
We could expect villagers to live normal lives too, but in microfinance we don’t. (more…)