SKATING IN THE DARK
SKATING IN THE DARK is an experimental project of the Full Time Skateboard Methodology, it aims at developing a skateboard teaching methodology suitable for blind people and based on the physical assistance, or Full Time method described by Paolo Pica in the book Skate. Metodologia tecnica e propedeutica degli elementi base dello skateboard.
SKATING IN THE DARK is divided into five steps:
a) an experimentation of the program on the researchers themselves to put them in a position of learning similar to that of the blind, that is, blindfolded.
b) An experimentation of the program on a single blind student, testing the methodology, the learning time protocol and checking the autonomy of the student’ skills alerted by acouistic signal.
c) The check of the whole program on a group of blind people. This stage has a length of approximately 40 hours and is divided into 20 weekly 2-hour lessons, and will take place at A.P.D. San Paolo Ostiense, Roma.
d) The integration of the blind student, involved in the B point, in a group of people with no sight problems. This point aims at checking the blind student’ self skateboarding skills and the efficiency of acoustic signals as well, and it also aims at making future professional teachers able to work with blind people. Furthermore building place suitable for both student categories.
e) The test of the same program on a “sample” group of students with no sight problems, but similar to the blind people group in terms of age and lifestyle, to compare the learning time and ways.
All things reported in this page aim to show the progressive results of the experimentation, and work as melting point for those who are interested in skateboard teaching and/or in other sport activities.