Changing how the fully sighted see the visually impaired
I worked in the videogames industry at Atari, Accolade and Mattel Toys for nearly 15 years as a Senior Product Manager releasing 35 titles to the market for PC and various consoles. Throughout my career, I also created sound effects and music for many of the titles I produced, becoming adept at Foley work and voice over production.
In 1999, at the height of my career 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 turned to photography not only as a tool to see the world around me, but to share how I see the world. I hold degrees in Fine Art Photography, Studio Art Photography and Communications.
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 http://www.bodyscapes.photography/, and began speaking about my work, career, art and 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. To day, interest in my story and experiences has been 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. My presentations are suitable for all ages and are easily tailored for your audience. whether art-focused, game-focused or somewhere between, I am happy to speak to your group.
I am located near Denver Colorado, if you would like to contact me about a booking, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming speaking engagements:
I am currently booking speaking dates for 2019, after taking a short break in 2018 to focus on creating new work, and attend Guide Dog training classes. My new guide dog and travel companion Fauna accompanies me everywhere I go.
December 12th 2017: Ted spoke at The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder Co. website
September 21st 2017: Madelife in Boulder Colorado about the Landscapes of the Body project. Select images from the Landscapes of the Body collection were were exhibited through October 30, 2017.
August 3-6, 2017: Ted spoke at Heather’s Camp in Wichita Kansas. Heather’s camp is a summer camp experience for blind and visually impaired children. Ted shared the story of his vision loss and taking up photography as a way to share his unique vision of the human form and the world around him with others.
May 19, 2017: Ted spoke at Heather’s Camp in Estes Park Colorado. Heather’s camp is a summer camp experience for blind and visually impaired children. Ted shared the story of his vision loss and taking up photography as a way to share his unique vision of the human form and the world around him with others.
Cabrillo College in Aptos Ca.
Santa Cruz High School Santa Cruz Ca.
Access Gallery, Santa Fe Art District Denver Co.
Bayview School Santa Cruz Ca.