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  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, Art 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. Interest in my story and experiences has been humbling for me, and I feel bless to have had the opportunity to speak at Retro Gamer Conferences, schools, businesses, art openings and even summer camps for the blind and visually impaired.

I am located near Denver, Colorado, if you would like to contact me about speaking at your event, please email directly at nedskee@tahquechi.com

 

My guide dog Fauna