Public Speaking

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 creating and 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.

Life changes

In 1999, at the height of my career a car accident robbed me of my sight, leaving me with 5% low functioning vision in one eye and none in the other. 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.

Changing Perceptions

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 work created by 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 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 nedskee@tahquechi.com

 

Upcoming speaking engagements:

I am currently booking speaking dates for 2020 and 2021, after taking a short break 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. I have recently expanded my speaking to include organizations interested in strategies for dealing with visually impaired customers. I am also happy to lecture on proper etiquette when meeting a Guide Dog. I have conducted this short lecture numerous times for schools, and organizations and always bring my Guide Fauna.   

Recent Past Events:

Lighthouse for the Blind – Art opening and exhibition

Studio Friction, Denver Colorado – Art and Exhibition

The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder Co. website 

 Madelife  in Boulder Colorado about the Landscapes of the Body project. 

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.

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.