A No Barriers Life Educational Series
These videos explore the topic, Living a No Barriers Life. This journey begins with a spark of an idea combined with the light of the human spirit. Students will be empowered to break through their own barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their very best to the world. It is my belief that "What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way." Access to this series is through the purchase of one of our educational programs.
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Khumbu Ladder Crossing
The Khumbu Icefall is considered by many the most dangerous part of any Everest expedition. Like a giant slowly moving river of ice, it is a maze of jumbled up chunks, from the size of bowling balls to skyscrapers that can crash down without warning. This constant movement creates deep cracks in the ice called crevasses. Some crevasses I can feel across with my trekking poles, but others need to be crossed with ladders.
A special group of Sherpas called the “Ice Doctors” are in charge of these rickety and often unsteady temporary bridges. At first glance you might think you want to crawl across the ladder but for the Sherpas to give you a chance of getting higher up the mountain, you have to stand up and walk across. As a part of the acclimatization process, going up and down the mountain, I crossed through this dangerous place 10 times!
No Barriers Youth
No Barriers Youth provides transformative journeys for middle and high school students from diverse backgrounds with the mission of unleashing their potential to change the world.
I've been testing a revolutionary device called the Brainport that lets me "see." Mounted on my head is a small video camera which translates visual information to a credit card-size tongue display. Four-hundred tiny pixels present electrical patterns on my tongue, which my brain then interprets as a visual picture in three-dimensional space. This ultimately catches my daughter in some tic-tac-toe drama.
Mountains Without Barriers
This is a film about the 2005 No Barriers Summit held in the Dolomites of Italy. Disabled athletes from around the world came together with companies that make assistive technologies to explore what is possible.
Blind Skier's Edge
The Blind Skiers Edge demonstrates the best method for guiding a blind skier. It is a pioneering technique that allows the visually impaired to ski with good technique while tackling challenging terrain.
Climbing the Naked Edge
Beyond the Barriers
I joined my friends, Mark Wellman - a paraplegic, and Hugh Herr - a double-leg amputee - to take on an 800 foot classic desert tower in Moab, Utah. Our experience led to the inception of No Barriers, a nonprofit organization which showcases cutting-edge ideas, approaches, and assistive technologies which enable people with challenges to break through personal barriers to live full and adventurous lives. To learn more about No Barriers and its ongoing world class festivals, go to www.nobarriersusa.org.
Everyone loves my guide dog, Uri. He is a reliable companion and helps me to get around. Check out this video of our first training sessions to see how a guide dog learns to work.
Mick Ebeling - Project Daniel
My friend, Mick Ebeling, founder of Not Impossible Labs, set up a 3-D printing prosthetic lab and training facility in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. Check out this No Barriers story of giving hope and independence back to a kid, who at age 14, had both his arms blown off and considered his life not worth living.
Check out this profile of me as a high school student in 1986 for ABC's 20/20, hosted by Barbara Walters and Hugh Downs. It was one of my first real interviews and is still one of my favorites.