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Meet the Skateboarder Who Happens to be Blind

When Dan Mancina lost his sight, he had to relearn everything — including skateboarding. Now, he's fighting to change perceptions of disabilities and proving you don't need sight to skate

Developing a new skating style, while changing perceptions about disability

Dan Mancina is on a mission to “change how people see”. He was only 13 when a routine eye check-up, led to a diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa (R.P), a degenerative eye condition that affects 1 in 4,000 people in the world according to the organization NORD. Growing up in Detroit, Mancina started skateboarding when he was 7. But after losing his sight — 95% of his field of vision is now blacked out, Mancina set aside his board. After posting videos of himself performing tricks online, the videos went viral. Dan has been flooded with thousands of positive comments, congratulating him for acting as an inspiration to many.

Having watched Daniel perform perfect kick flips, grinds and ramp tricks, onlookers have then been left stunned to discover the talented boarder has done it all without almost any sight. “My name is Dan Mancina and I'm a skateboarder who happens to be blind. I'm helping change perceptions around disability. I think most people have an idea of blindness, that's skewed, and that's just from not knowing or not experiencing it. You wouldn't really know what it's like. So trying to do my part to change that. You don't really notice you're losing your vision. It's not like you see blind spots, you always just see whatever vision, or field of view, that you have is all that you see, so you don't really notice what you don't see.”

Mancina went back on his board, developing a new skating style, while changing perceptions about disability. Mancina traveled the world as a motivational speaker. Daniel is now in the process of raising awareness for his non-profit charity, ‘Keep Pushing Inc.’, in the hope to build a skate park specifically for visually impaired skateboarders. The skateboarder turned public speaker has even been credited by the world-famous skateboarder Tony Hawk.

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09/14/2019 10:19 AM
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131 comments

  • Denise C.
    10/17/2019 11:28

    I have a son who was diagnosed with this at 9 year old, he will be 26 Sunday. It’s hard to deal with daily but my son is amazing!! He works and he loves to work out!! Helps with his depression from the visual impairment. Your an inspiration!!

  • Steffan T.
    10/15/2019 23:56

    Respect

  • Albert R.
    10/15/2019 22:49

    Respect

  • Lucy S.
    10/15/2019 05:06

    have you seen this?

  • Junior A.
    10/15/2019 03:31

    So was he reading the news paper or..?

  • Josh H.
    10/15/2019 02:54

    Freakin awesome 🤘🤘

  • Brian J.
    10/15/2019 00:16

    Much respect

  • Justin K.
    10/14/2019 12:46

    This man can do all this and I can’t even ollie right.....

  • Reina B.
    10/13/2019 13:13

    This is awesome

  • Shannon R.
    10/13/2019 12:19

    , show this to J

  • Matt M.
    10/13/2019 08:50

    Amazing guy!!

  • Ana B.
    10/13/2019 04:31

    Where is his instagram???!?

  • Erin O.
    10/12/2019 23:29

    this is so good

  • Juan D.
    10/12/2019 23:22

    Were is your heart?

  • Andre J.
    10/12/2019 15:14

    Dan the man

  • Omar W.
    10/11/2019 11:28

    Concrete don't say ”im sorry”

  • Omar W.
    10/11/2019 11:27

    He should probably have an helmet on tho

  • Omar W.
    10/11/2019 11:26

    Not really skateboarding but as long as he doesn't jump and hit his head, he's ok

  • Omar W.
    10/11/2019 11:25

    Good for him

  • Joshua W.
    10/11/2019 02:58

    That's amazing but when he got that phonecall, what was he doing with that newspaper.. 😂