This edition of Dangerous Vision dives deep into the science of music. Randy’s guest is Byron Walker from Standford’s CCRMA Listening Room. What changes in a musician’s brain after hours and years of daily practice? How do skills that make a great violinist transfer to other abilities? Can directed neuroplasticity be used to target skill learning? Byron’s knowledge of gaming as a science as directed his passion for creating videogames that are strictly audio. Byron calls them audio games though, given there’s technically no visual component!
Team See Possibilities is accepting applications for the second round of TSP Scholars.
• Up to a $5,000 scholarship
• Mentorship through personal interaction with world-class professionals who are vision-impaired
• Peer-to-peer connection through a private group with like-minded vision-impaired Scholars
For more information and to apply, click here
Dan Berlin is a successful entrepreneur and endurance athlete who happens to be blind. After more than 12 years of working in large, multi-national corporations, he co-founded Rodelle, a world-leading vanilla extract company which sold to Archer-Daniels-Midland Company in 2018, and subsequently exited as CEO at age 48. In addition to serving on several non-profit boards, he is a co-founder and President of Team See Possibilities, a non-profit organization which empowers young people with vision loss to thrive by providing scholarship and mentorship to high achieving college students who are vision impaired. He also enjoys taking on epic endurance challenges around the world, challenging the perception of what a person with vision loss is capable of achieving. Dan was the first blind runner to complete the 46-mile rim to rim to rim run across the Grand Canyon and back, and has subsequently run over a dozen marathons, Ironman triathlons, as well as trail-ultramarathons in South America, Africa, Asia, and New Zealand. Dan’s passion is finding and uplifting ability in himself and others.
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Applications are live from March 2-April 30th 2020
Innovation comes in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Meet Matthew Shifrin. As a 13 year he wanted to do one simple thing–build legos from the directions lego provided. The directions are pictures of each step, pictures that are not accessible. In this episode of Dangerous Vision host, Randy Cohen asks Matthew how he got the company to do something about this problem. Today Matthew is a college at the New England Conservatory of Music majoring in contemporary Improvision. Matthew is a countertenor and an accomplished accordion player. This is one Dangerous Vision you must listen to. For more information go to mabvi.org
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It
By Chris Voss
As the president and chief executive officer of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Kirk Adams is a longtime champion of people who are blind or visually impaired and is committed to creating a more inclusive, accessible world for the more than 20 million Americans with vision loss.
Randy Cohen jumps into the alphabet soup once again to find out how this AFB is different from NFB (National Federation of the Blind) and ACB (American Council of the Blind). Randy and Kirk talk about research, policy, and creating an app to navigate public bathrooms. What is the novel that they both are reading and love? Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi. For more information visit www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision/
At the age of 45, San Fransicso architect Chris Downey lost his sight. It was dramatic and sudden yet it didn’t alter Chris’s chosen profession. In fact, Chris thinks he is a better architect because he designs with inclusion in mind. In this episode of Dangerous Vision, Randy and Chris talk about how an architect without sight designs, he experiences the building in a much different manner, ie feeling parts of the building and hearing other parts. From loss of sight came a new perspective and the discovery of Outsights – lessons learned that form an expanded vision for architectural work, research, service, and talks.
Chris’s top tech go-to piece continues to be his iPhone as well as Aira.
Chris has designed
The new Lighthouse for the Blind’s new building
The Salesforce Transit Center
Sustainability Pavilion UAE
For more information visit The Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
There are few men in the Boston area who have done as much for the blind community than NBA Celtics owner and philanthropist Wyc Grousbeck. While he is a high profile owner of an NBA team it is clear from this conversation he is a devoted and loving father. In mid-November, at the PRX Podcast Garage in Boston, Dangerous Vision hosted a LIVE conversation between host Randy Cohen and Wyc Grousbeck.
Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired Sassy Outwater-Wright welcomed the audience mainly from the blind community by saying “there is no right way to do blind. The Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired or MABVI is here to support you where you are in your journey.” She went on to say there are many voices in the blind community and this is one of the reasons why she loves the podcast, there is room for discussion and dialogue.
This is the first part of a two-part episode with Wyc. For more information visit www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision/
In the latest episode of Dangerous Vision, Randy Cohen talks with Marla Runyan, a former world-class American track and field athlete and marathon runner who is legally blind. At age nine, she was diagnosed with Stargardts disease, a form of juvenile macular degeneration that causes progressive vision loss.
Randy and Marla talk about running, determination, and reinvention. Her running career is impressive–Marla qualified for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in the heptathlon, where she finished 10th but fell well short of making the Olympic Team. In 1992, Marla competed in her first of two Paralympic Games, and ultimately won 5 gold medals and set 9 world records in the T13 visually impaired classification.
In 1996, Marla relocated to Eugene, Oregon and reinvented herself as a middle-distance runner. With a new coach and heightened focus, Marla won gold in the 1500-meters at the 1999 Pan-American Games and finished 10th in the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Seville, Spain.
Today Marla is the manager of the para-athletic division for the Boston Athletic Association. The B.A.A., established in 1887, is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The Boston Marathon is one of many races put on by the B.A.A. For more information visit https://www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision/
Randy Cohen and Fernando Albertorio have a lot in common. Both are connected to Harvard and MIT, both have an entrepreneurial spirit, and both are living with vision loss. Randy lives with retinitis pigmentosa and Fernando with albinism. Fernando talks about growing up in Puerto Rico with this condition, the valuable lessons he learned from his father, and his mother’s indomitable personality. Fernando creates products that enhance people’s lives, as the CEO of the Sunu Band.
Designed for when you can’t easily use sight or due to a vision impairment, Sunu Band enables you to walk and travel with confidence. Sunu Band is the only smart-band that guides your way around obstacles. It uses sonar or echolocation to detect objects up to 16 feet or 5.5 meters away. For more information visit http://www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision/
In this episode of Dangerous Vision Randy Cohen talks with Alison Lynch. Alison may not be your typical Millennial but she is the first Millennial Randy has spoken with. She drives her more than avocado toast? Lets start with the law, running, and the bonus of living in New York as a person who is legally blind. Alison has Achromatopsia i–this s a condition characterized by partial or total absence of color vision. For more information on Alison and achromatopsia visit https://www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision/
Jason Romero has earned his knickname “Relentless Romero.” He is a lawyer, a Fortune 500 business Executive, and a runner. In fact running has launched his current profession as a motivational speaker. In the 14th episode of Dangerous Vision Randy and Jason talk about living with retinitis pigmentos and sight loss, and Jason shares how he has turned certain challenges into wonderful opportunities. His epic run aross America is a lesson in perseverene and true grit. For more information on this episode visit http://www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision/ For information on Jason visit http://www.relentlessromero.com/