A youngster from Northfield has been working with an organisation which helps blind people around the world navigate, using a human form of sonar echolocation.
Ruben Morris, 8, was born with Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis and is registered blind. He first met Daniel Kish, president of World Access for the Blind, at a workshop in the UK. He spent a weekend with Daniel, learning the basics of human echolocation or “flash sonar”, a way of bouncing sounds off objects to visualise the world.
The use of “flash sonar” enables a blind person to become more independent and confident in their approach to the world.
Ruben was so enthusiastic and did so well in his initial sessions with Daniel in the UK, that he has been invited to more advanced training in the USA.
Ruben’s mum, Trudie, has set up a GoFundMe page to help them make the trip and help Ruben reach his full potential. “Ruben is a very caring bright and intelligent little boy who has a great sense of humour. As parents with a child with special needs you want the best for your child.”
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