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Visioneers. Who We Are. We are a 501C3 Non-Profit charity that opens new horizons for blind persons. Image: Visioneers Daniel Kish, Brian Bushway and Juan Ruiz stand for a photo at No Barriers USA in Colorado.

WE’RE A GLOBALLY-RESPECTED, AWARD-WINNING U.S. NON-PROFIT

We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation registered in the State of California, and we’ve been changing lives for almost 20 years.

We’re a group of blind and sighted professionals dedicated to teaching blind people of all ages to see with sound.

This, along with our pioneering high-performance Perception Cane training, gives blind persons the skills to become more self-confident, self-directed and self-reliant, for a life of purpose, achievement, and the dignity of independent Perceptual Freedom. Learn more on our WHO WE ARE page.

Who We Are. Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway conducts a training workshop for blind Trainee Visioneers in Thailand.
Visioneers: What We Do. We teach blind persons to see with sound. We teach blind and sighted persons to see through challenges. How we do what we do | Our Mission | Our Vision | Our Guiding Philosophy. Image: Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish stands with blind cyclists who are raising their Perception Canes in an "All for one and one for all" salute.

WHAT IS FLASHSONAR?

FlashSonar™ (our advanced and activational form of active echolocation) is a blind person’s developed perceptual ability to determine where and what things are around them, and how to effectively navigate and interact with these surroundings.

This is done by a person making a discrete, but sharp, tongue click, which allows the ear and brain to work together to construct a 3-D image from the reflected echoes of objects. It is like seeing with sound, as if with dim flashes of light, but using flashes of sound instead. Learn more on our WHAT WE DO Page.

What We Do. Image: Photo of Multicultural Visioneer Juan Ruiz clapping his hands to gauge the size of a public square in Bangkok while conducting an Activational Workshop for blind Trainee Visioneers.
Services: Directory. Visioneers logo is superimposed over a blurred video frame of Daniel Kish working with students in Germany. Captions: High Performance Visioneering solutions for blind persons | blindness professionals | schools | Enterprise | More. We teach blind persons to see with sound | We teach blind and sighted people to see through challenges.

OUR TEAM VISIONEERS FREEDOM

Visioneers is one of the few organizations in the world inspired by blind people, built by blind people, and led by blind people, and we are known throughout the world for our ground-breaking and effective Master’s Degree level work. In the case of Visioneers, when the blind lead the blind, they learn a new way to see.

Our approach to blindness is clear, broad, and respectful. It is unparalleled in its focus on self-reliance and possibility. It is based on the latest research in human perception, and rooted in the exemplary experiences and successes of many blind people. Learn more about our services for individuals, groups, blindness professionals, Schools, Enterprise, Media, Research, Tech and more on our Services Directory Page.

Our Services. Image: Montage of our Service Categories. Click to go to the Services Directory Page.
Visioneers Results And Impact. Hear first-hand about the life-changing impact of oour work "in their own words". Image: Group photo including Senior Visioneers Juan Ruiz and Brian Bushway along with Dr. Taya Kitiyakara and staff and students of the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen.

OUR BEST AMBASSADORS ARE OUR OWN STUDENTS

Only they can tell you what it feels like to learn how to liberate themselves from dependence and isolation.

Only they can describe the feeling of experiencing Perceptual Freedom for the very first time.

And only their families can describe the sweep of emotions of witnessing their blind child becoming more self-directed, and self-confident as they fearlessly deploy our FlashSonar™ Echolocation to light-up the world around them with flashes of sound that enable them to see in a new way. Read and hear for yourself what our Student Visioneers and their families have to say about their life-changing experiences on our Results & Impact Page.

Visioneers Results and Impact. Image shows Student Visioneer RUben dressed in a Batman costume as he's held high by his mum Trudy. The costume's a homage to Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish's nick-name as the real-life Bat Man. CLick to go to the Results and Impact Page.
Visioneers: BlindNotBroken Page Banner. Image: Mosaic of names and photos of blind people we honor as part of the BlindNotBroken Campaign.

MEET SOME HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED PEOPLE WHO DON’T NEED FIXING.

They don’t need pity. Or lowered expectations. They deserve dignity, opportunities, and respect for their achievements. We expect nothing less for all blind people.

When it’s a beautiful day, our students ‘see’ it in a new way. Our scientifically-proven FlashSonar™ echolocation lights-up the brain’s Visual Cortex with audible spatial ‘mapping’ to light-up their world and enable them get the most out of every day. Read their stories, and those of other blind people we admire. We begin by introducing our own Perceptual Navigation Instructors, and other members of our Team who live a ‘NO LIMITS’ day everyday. Learn more on our #BlindNotBroken Page.

Visioneers: BlindNotBroken. Image: Photo captures blind Stident Visioneer Humoody Smith as he's tossing a basketball towards a hoop net on a court by the seaside. CLick to go to our BlindNotBroken page.
Visioneers: Make A Donation. Did you know Medicaid won't even pay for white canes? We need champions like you! Image: Participants in our Alcon Walk-Run-Ride 5K fundraiser pose for a group photo under a banner trhat reads "Thank you for your support".

BE A FLASH OF INSPIRATION AND BECOME ONE OF OUR CHAMPIONS!

Even in this day and age, many blind children in the United States and around the world are ‘falling through the cracks’ of society due to a lack of funding or lack of access to educational resources and services, resulting in language and mobility delays and leading to isolation and dependence. The situation is even worse if they have been diagnosed on the Autism spectrum or with other sensory conditions. For over 18 years, World Access For The Blind | Visioneers has specialized in working with these students, their families and school districts. We need to train and hire more instructors in the USA to meet the backed-up demand for our services. Be a flash of inspiration for a blind student by contributing to our FlashSonar™ Tuition Scholarships, so that they can learn to light-up their world and leave the darkness behind. Make an online contribution through our secure payment options. Thank you!

HOW TO HELP. Image: iPhone set against a backdrop of social media names shows the donation page for WAFTB - Visioneers at PayPal Giving Fund. We receive 100 percent of your donation,
Link to Visioneers Media Directory: Online, Print, Radio-Podcast, TV-Video, Articles, Documentaries and Programs about our work. Our FlashSonar clicks have echoed across all major media platforms worldwide. Background Image: A collection of Network logos set against a blurred background of Social Media logos.

OUR PEOPLE AND RESULTS ARE WORLD RENOWNED

Whether as the ‘real-life Bat Man’, or as co-stars with over 27 million views in X Ambassadors’ RENEGADES video, our FlashSonar™ clicks have echoed to over 2 billion global viewers and listeners via top international Radio|Podcasts and TV|Video networks and well as in top international online and offline newspapers and magazines, and across the Internet via the major Social Media apps.

In fact, many of our students first learn about our work via programs about us that have aired or been published in the media in their country, bringing us students from Australia, Austria, Belize, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Kenya, and many more. Sample some by starting out on our Media Directory Page.

Visioneers. Nathan on CGTN America. Image: Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway follows Student Visioneer Nathan as he rides his bike on a sidewalk between houses using his FlashSonar clicks to navigate. Click to go to our Media Directory.
Visioneers News: Student Buzz:Student Visioneer Alexia Sloane adds to her growing collection of musical honors as a UK Prodigy to watch. Image: Photo of Alexia speaking to musicians and audience members about her music.

KEEPING UP WITH OUR GROWING FAMILY OF STUDENT VISIONEERS

One of the great privileges in our line of work is meeting so many fascinating students and their wonderful, supportive families all around the world.

Many have been blind since birth, and some have lost their sight later in life. The common goal is that no matter the cause of blind, and no matter the age, we visioneer an Activational Instruction Plan tailored to the specific requirements of each student.  Some are musical prodigies, while others are gifted in other pursuits, or simply just extraordinary based on their personal character. We like to keep up with as many as we can and share their accomplishments as inspiration for their fellow Student Visioneers. Learn more at our News Page.

Visioneers News: A Prodigy's Spatial Journey. Image: Student Visioneer Ethan David Loch sitting at an open grand piano. Click to go to the latest news about him.
Visioneers News Special Report: Visioneers | WAFTB named one of 68 Innovative practices out of 317 Nominees. Image: Zero Project banner is shown in front of a photo of the exterior of the United Nations Building in Vienna Austria. The white text on a green background readsZero project: For a world without barriers.

VISIONEERS | WAFTB WINS A PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL AWARD 

We’re very proud that our work has been recognized and rewarded by The Zero Project as an Innovative Practice, selected by The Zero Projects selection committee of renowned disability and accessibility experts.

The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2008 and focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. It is a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face, are shared. Its mission is to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and to work for a world without barriers. Learn more about the work of Zero Project and Ashoka , and watch Lead Visioneers and Ashoka Fellow Daniel Kish’s Keynote on our Special Report Page.

Lead Visioneer and Ashoka Fellow Daniel Kish presents his Keynote Address at Zero-Project 2018 at the United Nations in Vienna. A large picture of Daniel and the Visioneers logo are projected on a screen behind him. Click to go to our Special Report on the Zero Project Conference.

NEWS: SPECIAL REPORT

Visioneers News Special Report: Visioneers | WAFTB named one of 68 Innovative practices out of 317 Nominees. Image: Zero Project banner is shown in front of a photo of the exterior of the United Nations Building in Vienna Austria. The white text on a green background readsZero project: For a world without barriers.

VISIONEERING OVERVIEW

OUR VISION

Visioneering starts with “a click and a stick”

The “click” we call FlashSonar™, a refined form of echolocation that uses tongue clicks to send out sharp flashes of sound which reflect off near and distant shapes and surfaces, echoing acoustic imagery to the brain, like bats, dolphins and some toothed whales.

Our Vision Is Sound. Image: Daniel Kish makes tongue-clicks as animated sound bars are superimposed.

The “stick” we call the Perception Cane which is lighter, longer and more conductive than the white canes traditionally used for blind navigation, making them more effective and easier to use.

OUR METHOD

FlashSonar echoes activate the Visual Cortex

Our collaborative projects with research centers in the U.S. and around the world have led to the discovery that the echoes from FlashSonar clicks reflect off surrounding objects, sending acoustic imagery that is processed by the brain’s Visual Cortex.

Our Method Is Science. Computer graphic of the brain shows the visual cortex and surrounding area 'lit up' in different colors.

Our echoes are processed into a spatial map by the part of the brain normally used for sight, appearing to activate the brain’s “Neuroplasticity”, training it to re-wire after sensory loss.

OUR RESULTS

We teach blind people a new way to “see”

We’ve integrated all this with data from early childhood cane studies and human biomechanics into the “Visioneering” of our model for movement and navigation, achieving greater impact for more blind people in less time, and at a much lower public cost.

Our Results Change Lives. Photo shows Jr. Visioneer Ruben dressed in a Batman costume and mask being held aloft by his Mum tridie as a tribute to the 'real-life Bat Man' Daniel Kish.

Our unique, innovative Visioneering approach quickly enables our blind students to find unprecedented freedom from the previous indignities of dependency, passivity and isolation.

OUR CLASSROOM

Across the USA and 40+ countries

For over 18 years, Daniel Kish and our Team have taught our unique Perceptual Navigation to over 15,000 blind persons, their families, instructors and community members. Now, we re-engineer an expanded suite of High-Performance Visioneering Services.

Our Classroom is Global. Image:Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish gives a Keynote Speech at TED 2015 in Vancouver as images are projected on overhead screens.

Book Daniel Kish or our other Visioneers for Individual, Group or Community instruction, or as Speakers to make your next Corporate, Tech, Educational, or Service Conference Activational!

OUR MISSION

The basic human right of freedom

Freedom of movement and personal choice (self-determination) are usually regarded as basic human rights, but these personal liberties are often denied persons who are blind and/or face other ability challenges because of non-existent or outdated services.

Our Mission Is Universal. Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish and Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway stand with blind Instructor Visioneer Trainees in front of a gilded temple in Thailand.

Visioneers’ (WAFTB’s) methodology is uniquely led by qualified, skilled blind people allied with a cross-disciplinary network of scientists, psychologists, neurologists, educators and therapists.

OUR CHAMPIONS

Your donations fuel our Visioneering

In a world that is often not user friendly for blind people, we appreeciate champions like you who stand among the pillars that support our efforts to help blind persons claim their freedom of access to achieve and contribute as equal citizens in our communities.

Our Champions Are You. Photo shows the start of the Alcon 5K Walk, Run, Ride Fundraising event to benefit World Access For The Blind.

Your generous support is an investment in a sound vision for change, building stronger communities and achieving human potential. Join us! Please Donate and/or Volunteer via info@Visioneers.org.

VISIONEERING SERVICES

Category link: Activational Speakers. Image of Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish onstage at the global TED Conference.
Category link: Personal Visioneering. Image shows Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish structing blind student Humoody on how to make a soccer ball for audible by placing it in a plastic bag.
Category link: Professional Visioneering. Visioneer Brian Bushway is pictured instructing at a recreational sports clinic on accessibility.
Category link: Education Visioneering. Visioneer Brian Bushway is pictured with three students at a Los Angeles primary school.
Category link: Enterprise Visioneering. Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish delivers a keynote speech at a Foothold Technologies Conference in New York City.
Category link: Health And Wellnesss. Visioneers' student Nava is pictured sliding out of the end of a water slide.
Category link: Media and Press. Photo of Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish participating at the Press Conference for a motion picture in India for which he consulted and appeared in.
Category link: Research, Science and Tech. Visioneer Brian Bushway is pictured standing next to circular tubing and a microphone during research testing in the U.K.
Category link: Social Visioneering. Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish and Visioneers Juan Ruiz and J. Steele-Louchart prepare to lead blind and sighted participants on a canyon walk in California.

VISIONEERING TEAM

Brian Bushway. Photo shows him with students at an L.A. area school during a FlashSonar workshop at their Science Fair. Link to Brian's page.
Juan Ruiz. Photo shows Juan leading a group of blind FlashSonar Coach trainees in Bangkok, Thailand. Link to his page.
J Steele-Louchart. Photo shows J preparing 'pool noodles' into plastic bags for a jousting tournament at the Braille Beats camp in Michigan. nLink to his page.
Thomas Tajo, Photo shows Thomas using plates on a blindfolded participant in a FlashSonar workshop in Russia. Link to his page.

OUR EXPERT INSTRUCTORS WALK THE TALK

Our Perceptual Navigation Instructors and Coaches are living embodiments of our pioneering and innovative teaching systems because they were once our students, and have grown with us. Their own life experiences with blindness provide powerful insights and inspiration for all our students as they teach them to

LIGHT-UP THEIR WORLD!

TED. Ideas worth spreading. Daniel Kish: How I use sonar to navigate the world. Videlink shows Daniel onstage at TED. As of April, 2018, this video has 1,227,345 total views.

VISIONEERS MEDIA COVERAGE

Link to Visioneers Media Directory: Online, Print, Radio-Podcast, TV-Video, Articles, Documentaries and Programs about our work. Our FlashSonar clicks have echoed across all major media platforms worldwide. Background Image: A collection of Network logos set against a blurred background of Social Media logos.

MEDIA: PLATFORMS

WAFTB Online. Image shows online media logos blended with 'selfies' of users.
WAFTB Print. Image shows a collection of print articles about WAFTB from Men's Journal, to Success Magazine, National Geographic and the Los Angeles Times.
WAFTB Radio. Image of Radio logos from NPR, BBC and Behind The Mask and photos of Daniel Kish, Brian Bushway and some radio hosts.
WAFTB TV-Video. Image shows logos from some of the international TV networks WAFTB has appeared on against a backdrop of video thumbnails.

OUR PEOPLE AND RESULTS ARE WORLD RENOWNED

Whether as the ‘real-life Bat Man’, or as co-stars with over 27 million views in X Ambassadors’ RENEGADES video, our FlashSonar™ clicks have echoed to over 2 billion global viewers via top international TV & Radio networks and well as in top international newspapers and magazines, and across the Internet via the major Social Media apps.

MEDIA: SPECIAL REPORT: LATEST STUDY CO-AUTHORED BY DANIEL KISH HITS THE MEDIA

Visioneers Media: Online: Our partnered research with Durham University discover human echolocators are more like bats than we previously thought. Image: Screen photo from the Royal Society website of the echolocation paper co-authored by Daniel Kish. Link to the page.

MEDIA: ONLINE: THE LATEST FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

R.I.P. Professor Stephen Hawking. Student Visioneer Alexia Sloane's interview. Image: photo of Alexia shaking hands with Professor Hawking in his office at Cambridge University.
Educating the Media. Many uninformed about teaching FlashSonar. Image: Screengrab photo of the UK's Independent newspaper with the headline: Blind people able to use array of bat-like clicks as "sonar" to sense their surroundings. Read more at our special coverage about the latest study on echolocation co-authored by Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish at Durham University
Visioneers link module: CGTN America Profiles Flash SOnar, Amd reports the new results from Durham U. Image of CGTN website showing a video frame from their story Full Frame: Clicking a Path. Link to the report at CGTN.

MEDIA: RADIO-PODCAST: TheNakedScientists.com on “Seeing With Sound”

MEDIA: TV-VIDEO: RECENT COVERAGE

MEDIA: SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR REPORTS

Media:Online. Special Report: Assignment Thailand. Image: WAFTB President Daniel Kish leads a group of blind student instructors along a road in Bangkok, Thailand.
MEDIA:Print - Men's Journal Profile of Daniel Kish. Image: Screengrab of page with Men's Journal logo andthtle: The blind man who taught himself to see.
MEDIA:Radio: NPR exposes the real-life Batman. Image: Scnreengrab of NPR website with a illustration of a cyclist and the title: 'How to Become Batman.'
MEDIA: TV|VIDEO: DANIEL KISH VOTED A TOP-TEN TALK AT TED. Image: Daniel Kish, President of World Access For The Blind, stands onstage with the TED logo behind him.
NEWS: 'Blind' Review. Should a sighted actor play a blind man? WAFTB's Brian Bushway reviews that and 'Blind'. Image: Video still-frame shows Brian Bushway standing next to a theater lobby poster for the movie 'Blind'.
Visioneers Media: FlashSonar Textbook. Preview and order the definitive textbook about learning to see with sound. Image: Cover of "Echolocation and FlashSonar" by Daniel Kish and Jo Hook, featuring a photo of Daniel Kish speaking at the Global Ted Conference is set against a photo of Chapter 1-What is Echolocation?

TITLE: Echolocation and FlashSonar 

Echolocation and FlashSonar provides research, case examples, instructional approaches, and practice exercises that can lead to mastery of echolocation skills.

This guidebook, written by Daniel Kish and Jo Hook, provides instructional strategies for teaching persons who are blind and visually impaired who are working independently. Although Echolocation and FlashSonar works well as an instructional manual for O&M specialists, it can also be used by adults who are blind and visually impaired and who are not working with rehabilitation professionals.

Note: A braille edition is available as a free download: http://www.aph.org/manuals/

 

Preview of Echolocation And FlashSonar

By Daniel Kish and Jo Hook

You can preview the book’s introduction at this link, and order it online at this link.

We hope you will enjoy this book, and find it helpful. Neither the authors nor Visioneers / World Access for the Blind receive any royalties from the sale of this book. If you find this book helpful, please consider helping us reach more blind students in more places with your tax deductible donation to World Access for the Blind on our Holiday Appeal page or on our Make A Donation page.

Photo of Daniel Kish on stage at the global TED Conference in Vancouver.

HOW TO HELP: Make an Individual or Corporate Donation below & share across Social Media

OUR CLASSROOM IS AMERICA AND THE WORLD

Our passports bear testament to the growing demand at home and abroad for our services. That’s why we need your financial support to train and hire more instructors, creating jobs in the United States to meet that global demand.

MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL DONATION

Make a secure donation now via PayPal Giving Fund. There are No Fees, so that means 100 percent of your donation goes to World Access For The Blind. If you're donating by credit card, you'll be asked to register a PayPal account if you don't have one already with a simple email address and password. Click here to donate viaPayPal Giving Fund, and Thank You for your contribution.
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DONATE BY CHECK

Donations by personal check are also welcome. Please make the check payable to: World Access For The Blind and mail to:

World Access For The Blind

650 N. Rose Drive, #208

Placentia, CA 92870

MAKE A CORPORATE ENTERPRISE DONATION

Help us share life-changing Perceptual Freedom. We depend upon your support. Image: Silhouette of Daniel Kish walking with his full-length navigation cane.
Benevity Causes Portal. Donate to World Access For The Blind from your Company's Benevity account. Click here to link to WAFTB's page at Benevity.
World Access For The Blind U.S. Federal IRS Tax ID | EIN 330936778. Image: Silhouette of Daniel Kish walking.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL SUPPORT!

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