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DrewEckhardt  (D 28461)

Mar 20, 2012, 10:39 AM
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He would really like to jump solo, but understands why he can't.

I saw a blind solo (apart from the landing assistance by radio) jumper one year at Couch Freaks.


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SCOTT735  (A License)

Mar 20, 2012, 6:24 PM
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peregrinose,

He has achromatopsia, with 20/200 vision. He can see enough to do many things. He can't drive and bright sunlight almost complete washes out his vision.
He is pretty amazing with how little he let's it affect him from doing things well (he is a freshman in college now and doing very well).
It's pretty cool to hear some of the examples here about sight limited folks doing solo skydives.
He'll do some more tandems and then we'll explore some of the possibilities with a local DZ.

Thanks


talon2

Mar 21, 2012, 5:39 AM
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Google doco called "the moth loves doody"........blind aff australia 1992........guy did iron man and marathon races as well........died training to climb everest.........a great motivator


peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Mar 21, 2012, 9:38 AM
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Achromatopsia is actually a pretty easy one to work around. That is more than enough vision to see a canopy overhead, larger landmarks on the ground (some DZs are better than others in this regard), probably enough for a larger print altimeter, assuming that he has already been fitted with contact lenses (if not, he definitely should be, as that works wonders with the associated nystagmus). Heck, in some states, he would be legal to drive with bioptic telescopes (do a google search on bioptic driving). As low vision goes, achromatopsia allows for great vision and really good function. I speak as a low vision doctor, rehab specialist, but lived for 10 years with a man with achromatopsia (my ex husband, who is the reason that I got into low vision to begin with). If you ever have questions, please feel free to PM me here.

I would feel very comfortable taking him up for an AFF jump. He really wouldn't need much other than an audible altimeter at the most to compensate for his vision. He could easily see hand signals, etc.


Jen


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