Meet Brian Bushway, the blind man whose “superpower” leaves people speechless. Watch the video on the following link: YouTube Video.
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. While at Pepperdine, Brian produced and hosted a college talk radio show which included commentary on current events and featured comedy bits. He was also instrumental in shaping the Non-Profit Management course at Pepperdine. He worked hand in hand with business professionals in the greater Los Angeles area to create the first Community Partners Board. Brian also studied abroad in Lyon, France and then in London, England which provided a foundation of skill sets regarding cultural sensitivities.
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. 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. In Feb 2010, Brian served as the Master of Ceremonies and Keynote speaker for the regional Braille Challenge, attended by more than 200 participants and their families. Brian has appeared in Men’s Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and an acclaimed popular science book, “See What I’m Saying” by Prof. Lawrence Rosenblum, about the power of human senses.
In 2019, Brian and Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish consulted for SONY corporation, participating in a panel on inclusive product design at the SONY WOW Studio at SXSW 2019 in Austin, Texas. You can read more about it and watch a video of the panel on this News page.
In addition to working with blind students from all backgrounds, Brian also serves as a teacher of sighted mobility instructors on the use of FlashSonar™ (a specialized form of Active Echolocation) and Perceptual Navigation strategies. He designs and implements perceptual development plans for each client, and serves families by offering informational counseling and emotional support. But his impact doesn’t end there.
Brian has provided Perceptual Consulting for international organizations such as Calcutta Mercy Ministries in India. A book about distinctive individuals “Round Pizza in a Square Box” by Amitabh Singh was dedicated to Brian for the work he did in Kolkata.
He also worked with other organizations such as The Armenian Eye Care Project, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and Visibility Scotland. He has helped them create blind mobility programs and education courses on FlashSonar™, Perceptual Navigation, and family coaching.
Brian has been featured in full length documentaries produced by Joni and Friends Ministries, BBC Switch ‘Teensville: Bat School For The Blind‘ for children and youth, Calcutta Mercy Ministeries, and Mosaic Ministeries, as well as a featured subject on The Doctors which is archived with a second video clip, National Geographic’s ‘You Can’t Lick Your Own Elbow‘, and Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet.
Among multiple television and radio programs, Brian has appeared on Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Fox News, CBS Medical Minute, BBC’s Extraordinary People: ‘The Boy Who Sees without Eyes’, RTL Network’s ‘Spiegel Magazin’, CNN/CNN International’s ‘Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta’, NPR’s This American Life, and The Story on American Public Media.