Sweet man,
I’ve seen you all over YouTube. So keep doing
your thing, man. Just wanted to say, “Hi”. I saw you from the car.
Yeah, sweet ! We’re in the great
state of Michigan. I’m at a new spot here. I’ve never been
to this spot before. Got ourselves a little ledge here. My name is Dan Mancina and I’m a skateboarder who happens to be blind. Dan Mancina is on a mission
to change how people view disability. 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. Dan Mancina is only 13 when
after a routine eye checkup, He is diagnosed with
retinitis pigmentosa. This degenerative eye condition
affects 1 in 4,000 people. 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
that’s all that you see. So you don’t really
notice what you don’t see. Mid-20 is when it
started to actually affect me and the things I did. And that’s kind of
when I stopped driving and lost a lot of my independence. That’s a huge thing
to lose and to deal with. Everything was affecting my life,
so eventually got to the point where I wouldn’t, you know,
leave my house, I couldn’t even
walk around my block without being with somebody. Hello? Yo, we’re here, let’s go skate. Yeah, you ready? Alright, I’m coming out. Yo ! Dan Mancina grew up in Detroit. At the age of 7,
he started skateboarding After losing his sight, 95% of his field of vision
is obscured. So he gives up his board. It stopped me from skating, for sure. I thought that whole
part of my life was over. There’s a lot of stigma
and these perceptions, and ideas that people
have about the blind. That I kind of assumed
were true about the blind. It took me a couple
of years to realize that I had to stop searching
for what a blind person is and just focus on exactly what I was
and what I wanted to do. And that was skateboarding for me. I started realizing that people
were treating me differently as a blind person and I wanted to kind
of push back against that. So I started making
these Instagram videos of me doing things that you wouldn’t
necessarily expect a blind person to do. Here we go, Oh, man ! That feels pretty gnarly ! That feels pretty gnarly ! And then I had an idea
to do a skateboarding one. So I built a little bench and I skated it. It was kind of a slow,
gradual rekindling of that passion, or that fire. You know people were
like stoked on those videos so, I was like,
“I guess I’ll skate a little bit more.” And then I realized, like, “Oh, I can, like, actually still do this” and still have fun at it,
and still progress, and just get that fulfillment
out of it like I once did, that I didn’t think
I’d be able to do. His videos became
a huge success, which motivates Mancina
to get back on his board developing a new skating style, while changing
perceptions about disability. Well, I used to rely on shadows
when I had a little bit more vision. Now it’s all off feel,
it’s all off using my cane and my hands to feel objects. It’s about using timing. Fuck ! Starting a certain distance from
an obstacle, and then starting in the same spot, so that when I roll
up to it enough times, eventually, I have
an understanding of when I’m going to get close
to the object or approach it, and then using my
cane to tap on it. We’re at the Wig in Detroit, and about to give Dan his board, I don’t think
he knows about it so, it’s about to be a
pretty surreal moment. I mean, I don’t know many
blind skaters that can do like him or in general
so it’s like, it’s pretty wild. Everybody, thank you for coming. It’s Dan Mancina’s
birthday today, so we’d like everybody to help us wish him
a happy birthday. Dan, we got something
special for you. It’s a new board? Yeah ! Yeah !! Dan Mancina gives
conferences in several countries. His next project:
building an adaptive skate park. Come grab a cane
and a blindfold and attempt the
blindfold challenge. I’m going to build a
skate park that is designed for skateboarders who
are visually impaired. It’s going to use universal design so that it’s accessible for any
kind of impairment and any, you know,
what you would say, quote unquote, you know “normal person”
or normal functioning person. You know, whether it’s,
like, adaptations or sound or whatever cues help, using all of the body’s
senses to help navigate and skate obstacles. And then hopefully use
that to apply to future parks that are being built. Kids and people growing up
and living with visual impairment and blindness don’t always
have the same opportunities as the sighted world. And I try to do my part to introduce
skateboarding to those people, especially children with
blindness and visual impairments, and give them just an
opportunity to experience as much as they can, right? Experience something different. Don’t be dictated by what other
people think you’re capable of because if I did that then
I would…I definitely wouldn’t be skating. So, it’s kind of figuring
out what you love and figuring out how to do it.

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53 thoughts on “Comment le skate a changé la vie de Dan Mancina

  • August 11, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    Vous avez écrit "stake" dans le titre

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:02 am
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    "Stake"

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:03 am
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    Bien rattrapé le titre 😏

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:03 am
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    😂😂😂 le stake 😂😂😂 vous m’avez tué merci 😂🙏

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:05 am
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    C'est moi ou cest marqué le stake ? O_o

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:06 am
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    Respect à lui

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:08 am
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    Et il est trop fort, malgré son handicap !

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:09 am
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    Wtf c’est camille combal

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:10 am
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    On est d'accord qu'il ressemble à Grégoire Ludig ?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:12 am
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    J'aime vraiment brute c géniale en plus le stake c géniale

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:15 am
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    Le mec est riche

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:15 am
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    Ça donne tellement de nostalgie en le voyant heureux sur le manège

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:18 am
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    Je me disais, c’est quoi le stake 🤔

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    Cassez pas les couilles pour une faute dans le titre apprécier plutôt la vidéo !

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:32 am
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    J’avais grave envie qu’il dise « c’était une blague je voulais faire le buzz »

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:34 am
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    Super cette vidéo redonne le sourire

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    J'ai cru cetait un sketch de ivan bede

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Le « stake »😂

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    1:45 Si il est aveugle, comment est-ce qu'il peut lire son journal?🤔

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:10 am
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    Moi je dit GG a lui

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    💚💚💚

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:16 am
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    Encore une belle personne 👍.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:24 am
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    Respect à toi Dan !! La hantise de beaucoup d'entre nous et tu nous prouve que l'on pourra toujours continuer notre passion malgré tout !

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:34 am
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    Bonjour vous pourrez faire une nouvelle vidéo dans la catégorie :Une vie,sur un rappeur mort Lil Peep ? merci bonne journée

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:34 am
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    Il ma donné des frissons c une Super personne

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:45 am
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    gros gg

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    0:34 il veut changer le regard

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:59 am
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    Sur la miniature on aurai dit le gars du palmashow et sinon bravo à lui

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:01 am
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    C skate pas stake petit coquin j ai cru que c'était de la bouffe

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    ce mec a une telle force en lui. rien que l'idée de perdre la vue ça me fait angoisser limite. respect.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    Merci à tous ceux qui ont participé au tournage de cette vidéo

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    Un monstre … Une force de l'esprit qui devrait nous faire réfléchir. Respect mec sincèrement 😜

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:39 am
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    Bravo à lui il à énormément de courage de continuer sa passion malgré son terrible handicap respect.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:03 pm
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    Respect mec 😧👏

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    C'est rigolo parce que pour tlm ce mec c'est un ouf qui galère pour son sport et tt alors que dans le skate sa réputation n'est plus à faire, on ne prends plus son handicap en compte.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    Non mais c'est vraiment là c'est du foutage de gueule. 3 vidéos de suite que j'ai visualisé (chez brut, lehuffpost, le Parisien), des fautes d'orthographe, prpblème de son, ….. changez vos équipes si elles ne sont pas à la hauteur du professionnalisme.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    Super je suis content pour lui 😃😁

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  • August 11, 2019 at 1:42 pm
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    J'ai envie de faire du skate maintenant

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  • August 11, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    On dirait Camille combal 🤣🤣🤣

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    J'ai cru voir Gŕegoire Ludig du palmashow sur la miniature

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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    Incroyable personnes non? Il fait sa passion tout en étant aveugle, RESPECT!!

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    Dans les montagnes russe je pense que tu n'as pas autant de sensations que si tu voyais non ?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    En fait, ce n’est pas l’handicap qui impact le plus la personne, c’est l’isolement social et la perte de moral qui s’en suit qui est terrible.
    Cette homme a non seulement eu des amis extraordinaire qui l’accompagne mais en plus, il a une motivation, qui au plus bas, a su se relever pour faire ce qu’il fait aujourd’hui.

    (Bon surtout ce qui compte aussi, c’est d’avoir toute sa tête car le plus terrible pour un homme, c’est de ne plus pouvoir penser et réfléchir)

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    C’est vraiment une personne courageuse ! Continuez de skater même en étant aveugle on voit qu’il est vraiment passionné !

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  • August 11, 2019 at 5:11 pm
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    Un mental de guerrier avec une grande humilité. Vous avez tout mon respect !

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  • August 11, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    Il ressemble pas trop au mec du Palmashow ?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Respect monsieur

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  • August 11, 2019 at 7:37 pm
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    Respect a lui

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  • August 11, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    J'adore ce mec

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:17 am
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    Il ressemble costaud au gars du palmalshow….😂😂😂

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  • August 12, 2019 at 7:45 am
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    Le mec est plus fort que moi 🙏🏻😭💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

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  • August 12, 2019 at 8:46 am
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    Ma meilleure amie est malvoyante et chaque fois que je la vois je la trouve incroyable

    Ces personnes malgré leur handicap continuent de vivre leurs passions et même se créent des nouveaux défis
    Cette force qu'ils ont est énorme 💪

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:01 am
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    Et moi je sais meme pas rester stable sur un skate….

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