Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponcomment this pageEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on Tumblrfark this page

Being blind shouldn’t be an obstacle to doing what you want with your life, even if that desire is to skateboard. Dan Mancina is proof of that. The accomplished skater’s vision began to fade when he was 13 years old due to a degenerative condition known as retinitis pigmentosa. He now only has a small portion of peripheral vision in his right eye, he says around 5%, but it hasn’t stopped him from skating.

Mancina started skating before he was blind, where he would perform kickflips, fakies and other tricks. And since his blindness he’s continued to do tricks, but now to help him skate Mancina uses a cane and a beeping box that alerts him to how close an object he might want to jump over or skate near is.

“I got inspired one day and built a box, then I was just like I’m gonna see what I can do. Originally I was doing it without my cane but the cane gives it such a dramatic effect. It’s hilarious like, ‘Whoa, is that dude blind?'” Mancina explains to Jenkem Magazine. “I’ll take the box to a tennis court and put it along the white line in front of a crack. I’ll pop over the crack and know the box is coming up, and I feel the box with my cane and just hit it from there.”

Mancina says that due to his condition, one day he’ll be totally blind but he doesn’t dwell on it, he just gets on with skating and living his life.

He doesn’t just skate either, but does “blind beer pong,” “blind woodchopping,” “blind archery,” and “blind automatic rifle” as you can see in the video below. He does it because he says he wants to “change the perspective of what you think a blind person is.”

It’s an inspirational attitude and one that he’s also trying to install in others by teaching kids that they don’t need to let their blindness limit them.

“I never really worried or thought about it.” Mancina says about his eye disease. “I just kept doing what I was doing, which I think is the best way to go about it. Not dwell on or stress out about it. I’m going to school for teaching the visually impaired, working with blind kids on orientation mobility. I want to help them live not so sheltered of a life and not be afraid to go out there and do anything.”

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponcomment this pageEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on Tumblrfark this page
Loading...
culture

Hipsters, hipsters everywhere! And not any world leaders in sight. Could you imagine walking into your local fashionable coffee house to get your morning half-decaf double skinny…

humor

Dealing with toddlers can be tough, no doubt. And sometimes following techniques like positive parenting solutions can make things much easier or far more difficult. Because lets…

people

When it comes to mothers and daughters, sometimes the genes are so strong, the XX chromosomes specifically, that it’s hard to tell them apart. It’s not unusual…

people

Alan Kurdi remains in many people’s minds as ‘the two-year-old Syrian boy on the beach’ whose images gripped the world and dominated news headlines after he drowned…

humor

These funny tweets about parenting will give you hope that having kids isn’t all about 24/7 screaming toddlers, sleepless nights, and then the emergence of stroppy teenagers….

animals

If there’s a sequel to the upcoming Baywatch movie, it really needs to star Gary the Goat and be set in Australia too. After all, as far…

Loading...
humor

Parenting can be challenging, but as father of four James Breakwell (Aka. Exploding Unicorn on Twitter) shows on his thoroughly entertaining tweets, it can be pretty enjoyable…

rick and morty

Adult Swim’s animated Rick and Morty show, created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, it can also help you finding meaning in life in this vast uncaring…

tech

If you can’t stand to be apart from your loved ones, then the HB Ring and it’s virtual hearbeat technology is here to help you. Sure, if…

music

Today is the day you get to hear Puddles Pity Party perform a mashup of Johnny Cash and The Who. It’s a mashup that you probably didn’t…

digital galleries

Artist and Atlanta-based photographer and art director Stephen McMennamy likes to create amazing surreal and humorous combo photos, by taking two seemingly disparate images and merging them…

music

When it comes to unusual live rock performances, Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii has to be considered as one of the most legendary. The 1972 concert was…