Brian Bushway graduated from Pepperdine University in 2005 with a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Non-Profit Management. He went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Special Education and was one of the few blind persons after Daniel Kish to earn his COMS (Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist) National Certification.
He engages and activates audiences with strategies to think and act like successful navigators of life. Through his life story and personal demonstrations, he shares his insight into finding the opportunities that are located in peoples “blind spots”.
“It is in our blind spots”, he says, “where lies the untapped potential of additional growth. Once recognized that there is more to gain in all of us, the trick becomes acting on it and moving forward.”
Brian has taught the “Power of Positive Thinking” for the past several years at the Braille Institute of America
BRIAN BUSHWAY – UNO® BRAILLE MASTER
Mattel and the National Federation of the Blind have partnered together to create a Braille edition of UNO®, the iconic family card game. UNO® has always prided itself on being a card game for everyone, but often blind and low-vision people found it difficult to participate. Now, with easily readable Braille dots on every card, blind and low-vision players can participate in the fun. You can learn more about it at the Mattel page for it. Brian Bushway was asked to be the blind player in the “How To” video for the game.
CNN’s THE WORLD’S BEST BLIND MOUNTAIN BIKER
Anyone who rides a mountain bike on downhill terrain knows how perilous it can be. Well, imagine riding downhill without being able to see. Brian Bushway is a pro at it. Named by Mountain Bike Magazine as the World’s Best Blind Mountain Biker, he lost his sight when he was 14. Wanting to discover alternative ways to explore the world, Bushway learned how to see with sound. Like bats, he relies on echolocation when he mountain bikes, using sound to locate objects.
HOW BLIND PEOPLE SEE WITH SOUND
From Dr. Joe Hanson: I met Molly Burke a few months ago. She’s awesome. I absolutely love what she’s done on YouTube to bring awareness to living with disability and turning it into ability. Molly’s brain has adapted to listen to sounds in her environment in ways that most of us sighted people can’t even imagine.
Brian regularly is asked to speak and share his insight into finding the opportunities that are located in peoples “blind spots”. “It is our blind spots that lay the untapped potential of additional growth. Once recognized that there in more to gain in all of us, the trick becomes in acting on and moving forward.” Brian excites audiences with strategies to think and act like successful navigators of life. His life story inspires and motivates audiences.
Brian delivers Activational workshops and presentations to a broad educational, corporate, and non-profit audiences, focusing on embracing life experience and maximizing the opportunities that life has to offer, with an insight to personal growth.
BRIAN BUSHWAY: HIS CLICKS ECHO TO OVER 2 BILLION VIEWERS
Brian’s FlashSonar™ clicks have echoed globally via the top international TV, radio and online networks, including ABC Australia, CBS, CCTV, CNN, Discovery, Fox, National Geographic, NPR, RTL, Uproxx and many more. CBS ‘The Doctors’: Brian Bushway demonstrates FlashSonar™ echolocation.