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New orientation and mobility book just published on echolocation

I'm happy to let all of you know that after years of writing and training, and many months of editing and re-writing that my first book on echolocation is now published! The Beginner's Guide to Echolocation is available on Amazon in large print and kindle editions.

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The main goal of this book is to bring better social awareness to the concept of echolocation and make it a more approachable subject for many who may still be hesitant to try. The book teaches the background, uses, mechanics and science of echolocation and provides some basic exercises to encourage readers to experience echolocation first-hand.

My hope is this book will be enjoyed and appreciated by blind and sighted people all over the world. I will be offering more electronic versions soon as well, such as nook, iPad, etc. Let me know which format you would prefer to have it in and I will try my best to accommodate everyone.

Here's the synopsis from the book jacket:
Echolocation is a fundamentally simple skill that many blind people use daily to navigate and understand their environment. This skill is sometimes misunderstood, but it's far more realistic and much easier than you may think.

The author demystifies the growing practice of active echolocation in a way that anyone can understand, and gives the reader simple exercises, examples, and lessons as a starting point for launching you into a successful practice of active echolocation.

Sound waves – like ripples in a pond – reflect differently off of all objects and surfaces. This makes it possible for the trained ear to distinguish shape, size, distance and material of our surroundings. Musicians will tell you that "reverb" causes each room or surface to have its own unique sound response. With sensitization and applied practice of this skill, it's possible for people with visual impairments all over the world to become increasingly independent, supplementing their existing forms of orientation and mobility with the intrinsic awareness that echolocation can provide.

Echolocation requires no special equipment nor any special talent. The human body and mind are truly marvels of nature that grant us with capabilities you may never know you had. If you can hear, you can echolocate.

Understanding the simplicity of this skill will allow you to shift your way of thinking to accommodate an expanded awareness of your environment. With this awareness comes independence, confidence, new possibilities and new opportunities.

And if you want to know a bit more about me as an author, here is my author bio from the book as well:

Tim Johnson is passionate about life and helping all people realize their dreams and accomplish their most aggressive goals. As a martial arts instructor he works with young children as well as adults to help them understand their true potential and gain the confidence and ambition they need to grow into strong, independent people. He believes that no one should settle for anything less than remarkable; and that life is a spectacular journey in which more is possible than we may ever know, but we should never stop trying to comprehend all that it has to offer. Our innate curiosity and motivation to improve ourselves is what makes us human and what will always drive us to new heights.

As a full time engineer, Tim's approach to echolocation is an analytical, fact-based exploration of the subject. He encourages the understanding of fundamental concepts in order to gain a complete knowledge of a subject.

As a sighted person, he knows that his ability to echolocate might never equal that of a blind person who has used these skills every minute of the day for decades, and whose life literally depends on the amount of awareness he or she has. But he has dedicated a great deal of time and effort to learning the concepts, intricacies and applications of echolocation in his own life with a slightly different perspective in order to understand it to the best of his ability and share these lessons with those in need.

Beginner's Guide to Echolocation for the Blind and Visually Impaired:

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Re: New orientation and mobility book just published on echolocation

I'd be very interested in reading this book, and sharing it with friends and co-workers. I've been blind all my life, and echolocation is something I use a whole lot. I also agree with you about the sound thing. I'm not a professional musician, at least not yet. But I've taken piano, guitar, and cello lessons and I own a Yamaha keyboard which I really enjoy playing as time permits. I hope that I'll be able to share this book with others, so that they can gain a better understanding of my travel needs as well as the travel needs of others with low or no vision. I don't want to stray off topic here, but I have had little if any effective formal O&M instruction ever since I moved out of my parents' house. This has cost me in some areas, and that's what others will tell you also.

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