Welcome Aboard Friends!
My name is Ted Tahquechi, I am legally blind, and I love to travel. A car accident in 1999 left me with 5% low-functioning vision in only one eye. My field of vision is almost completely black (95% black) and I have no perception of detail beyond one inch. I can see limited portions of shapes, light, shadow and color. When I travel I almost always have my white cane and utilize sighted guide with my friends or family who are always with me when I travel.
How did I get here?
When I graduated college, I took a summer job testing videogames for a small company called Atari (insert sarcastic voice here). I learned the ropes and worked my way up the corporate ladder, eventually moving from testing to making the games. As a senior external product manager, it was my job to oversee all aspects of a game’s creation from design and scheduling to tuning and even marketing. During my time in the games industry, I released 35 titles to market and worked for companies like Atari, Accolade and Mattel Toys. I created many multi-million unit selling franchises and was on top of my game so to speak when a car accident robbed me of nearly all my vision and left me adrift in a sea of uncertainty.
A very large part of my job description was traveling to the developers who were making the games to work with their teams on the day-to-day grind of creating a hit title. I traveled all over the world during this time – spending more time away from the office than at home. The net result of constant air travel was that I always had enough air miles saved up to vacation on a beach somewhere when a title was completed. I fell in love and traveled many times to Jamaica, The Bahamas, Hawaii and Mexico. When I was in college I was an avid Scuba Diver and spent every chance I could diving all over the numerous small islands in the Bahamas.
After the car accident, I did a lot of soul searching and decided to return to school to complete a degree in Fine Art Photography. I spent years learning new and innovative ways of using the camera to create artistic images. I focused on the composition of the scene rather than the detail – the shape, color and lines of the scene. I Can’t see it all at once when I look through the viewfinder, so I mentally stitch the image together and rely on the camera to get the focus right. The result is all the images here on my site. I take all my own images.
you can see more of my work at: www.tahquechi.com
Why a travel blog?
I have done a ton of traveling and I have been almost completely blind since 1999. I have scoured the internet looking for a travel blog dedicated directly to the needs to the visually impaired and didn’t find one that I liked – so I decided to make my own. It is my hope that this site can be used as a resource for those traveling with, or those who have visual impairments. Whether you are new to the visually impaired lifestyle or have a friend or loved one with a vision problem, I hope you can find something of interest here.
The invisible disability
Before I started lecturing to groups about my vision loss, I had several friends who were completely unaware how bad my vision really was. This got me to thinking that unless you have outward visible indicators of a vision problem – like carrying a white cane, an eyepatch or the like, most people won’t realize that you have a vision problem. This comes to the point of communication. Asking for help and letting the others around you know that you do have a vision problem is important, but for many with limited vision, this can be embarrassing and a difficult topic to be open about. Getting up in front of hundreds of people to discuss how much you can and can’t see – and how it makes you feel quickly desensitizes you to the embarrassment of the topic. I assume however that many of my readers won’t be putting themselves into the situation I routinely subject myself to, so I plan to provide many tips on navigating the world mentally as well as physically with a visual impairment.
I don’t think you can have a soul-bearing blog like this without having some sort of goal for the future. I mean sure, going more places, and places I haven’t been is great, but my goal would be for me to start traveling by myself again. This is a terrifying prospect for me and I honestly don’t see it happening unless I go the route of getting a guide dog
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I also do a lot of public speaking on vision loss, working in the games industry and of course traveling with low vision. If you would like to book me, I don’t charge. I have lectured at Art Galleries, Retro Game Conferences, Highschools, Colleges, and even summer camps for blind and visually impaired children. I love to meet new people and share my story. If you have questions or would like to schedule a talk, email me at email@example.com