By Katy Gill
A blind skateboarder hoping to change the way people see visual impairment by performing jaw-dropping moves.
Daniel Mancina, 31, was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that has sadly been taking his sight since birth, though more progressively within the last six years.
Based in Livonia, Michigan, USA, Dan is using social media to change the perceptions of life for a blind person, filming the unbelievable tricks he is able to accomplish with only his skateboard and a white cane in-hand.
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 site.
Daniel said: “Apart from my son, skateboarding is the most important thing to me.
“It gives me a way to express myself and show others who I am, in the way that I want to be seen, on my own terms.
“I don’t want to be seen as a disabled person or with the common misconceptions that people have for the blind – that we’re helpless and worthy of pity.
“There are millions of us in the world and many live fulfilled lives.
“My quality of life declined for a while when I lost the majority of my functional vision.
“This was a learning curve and it took me a couple of years to find out who I was again.
“I was searching for what a blind person was, but eventually I realised I just had to concentrate on who I was and what I wanted to out of life.”
After posting videos of himself performing tricks online, Dan has been flooded with thousands of positive comments, congratulating him for acting as an inspiration to many.
The skateboarder-cum-public speaker has even been credited by the world famous skateboarder Tony Hawk.
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 31 year old said: “I want to spread the passion of skateboarder to those who are visually impaired by providing a safer skating environment, with a tactile ground, speakers within objects and multiple ways to orientate oneself.
“Once we develop the best techniques we will further our goal to make skating accessible to the entire world.”