Changing how the fully sighted see the visually impaired

Out of college I worked as a game tester for Atari, where I learned the business and worked my way up from testing to product management.  Later, I worked for Accolade where I created the Test Drive: Off-road franchise and finally Mattel Toys as a Senior Product Manager for the HotWheels division. I released 35 titles to market selling many millions of units for PlayStation, PC and numerous other consoles. Throughout my career, I also created sound effects and music for most of the titles I worked on becoming adept at Foley work and voice over production.

In 1999 a car accident robbed me of my sight, leaving me with 5% low functioning vision in only one eye. With almost no vision left, I spent years learning to navigate the world again and creatively use tools like the still camera to capture the world around me.

In 2016, I embarked on a quest to change perceptions of what can be accomplished by the visually impaired. I debuted a six-year-long body positive photographic project called Landscapes of the Body, and began publicly speaking about my work, my career and my profound vision loss. My goal is to change how the fully sighted see the visually impaired.

My interest in public speaking began in college where I majored in communications and hosted a drive-time show on a local radio station. During my time in the games industry, I leveraged my comfort speaking in front of people when conducting countless industry-related presentations. Today, interest in my story and experiences has been profound and humbling for me. I have had the opportunity to speak at Retro Gamer Conferences, schools, businesses, art openings and even camps for the blind and visually impaired.

I do not charge for my speaking time, rather I see it as an opportunity to share my experiences and educate the fully sighted on what the visually impaired can accomplish, and it is fun for me to talk about making video games. My presentations are suitable for all ages and are easily tailored to be more game-centric – more vision, adaptive technology and technique oriented or a balance of both for general interest/inspirational speaking.  

I am located near Denver Colorado.

If you would like to contact me about a booking, please email at nedskee@tahquechi.com