This compilation of resources will help to enrich and reinforce the No Barriers message in your classroom. From exciting video content, to some of the folks I find inspiring, feel free to use this page to help your students keep climbing!
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People who inspire me - Hugh Herr
Rock climber missing both legs; world-renowned engineer and biophysicist.
People who inspire me - Mandy Harvey
Deaf jazz singer and songwriter.
People who inspire me - Kyle Maynard
Congenital Quadruple Amputee - reached the summits of Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua.
People who inspire me - Daniel Kish
Expert in human echolocation.
Journey up Mt. Everest
After years of compiling video, photos and narration, we have put together an awesome chronology of my Journey to Everest.
Blind Painting with John Bramblitt
One of the exciting activities in our Climb Program is Blind Painting. I paired up with blind artist John Bramblitt to explore the freedoms of painting without sight. This video, shot at the 2015 No Barriers Summit, shows why this experience can be so transformative.
No Barriers Pledge
Your pledge doesn’t have to be to climb a big scary mountain, but it should be a commitment to break through a barrier holding you back, or to reach for a goal that has eluded you. It could be a pledge to lose weight or quit smoking, or it could be to write that novel, or start the business you’ve dreamed of. Do the difficult, unexpected thing. That’s where life begins!
No Barriers Youth
This youth program provides transformative journeys for middle and high school students from diverse backgrounds with the mission of unleashing their potential to change the world. I have led groups of sighted and non-sighted students to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru as well as on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was this trip that inspired me to kayak the entire length in 2014.
Should there be limits on who can climb Everest?
This section includes a link and transcript of an interview I did with the BBC.
*The article is referenced in the Prejudice Lesson of the Touch the Top of the World Curriculum.
Brainport Vision Device
I have been lucky to partner with the makers of the Brainport Vision Device, a revolutionary new technology enabling a blind person to see with his tongue. Mounted on my head is a small video camera which translates visual information to a credit card-size tongue display. Four-hundred tiny pixels present electrical patterns on my tongue, which my brain then interprets as a visual picture in three-dimensional space. I use the device to read words and numbers on note cards, to play tic-tac-toe and stone-paper-scissors with my kids, and to rock climb.
Trail running with Uri
One of my favorite workouts is trail running with my guide dog, Uri. Our usual destination is right in my backyard: North Table Mountain, a flattop mesa that dominates the landscape of Golden, Colorado.