Sense without sight: blind navigation for sighted people

Talk by Sai (they)

Friday from 1:40 PM - 2:20 PM in Stage C

Learn to sense the world without your eyes — hear walls and corridors, sense doorways and ceilings with your hair, feel nearby walls and people on your skin. (Yes, literally.) Come in person. This isn't just a talk; in the live audience, you'll directly experience how to use senses you don't know you have, with participatory demonstrations tailored to the physical environment of EMF Camp, based on the skills and stimuli relied on every day by blind people like me. Practice during camp, and you'll sense more — permanently. You'll have a better experience if you wear short sleeves, have your hair uncovered, and come together with someone with whom you're comfortable exchanging brief touch (e.g. on the cheek or arm). I'll run hands-on workshops each day. By going for a walk with me around the camp — blindfolded, using one of my guide canes — you'll gain qualitative experience you can't get anywhere else. Sign-up & negative COVID test required. https://s.ai/emf will have details shortly. Depending on signup & volunteers, we may play goalball too! It's like blindfolded reverse dodgeball, in teams of 3. Bring friends. I'll need assistants during the talk (on and off stage), and for dodgeball referees & setup. No experience necessary — but brief training beforehand is, preferably Thursday (day 0) evening. Especially helpful if you have experience in aikido or similar martial arts, and are willing to be my on-stage uke during the talk. Either way, please contact me at emf@saizai.com, @saizai, DECT 4724 (4-SAI), or in person. See https://s.ai/emf for details.

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