WELCOME TO VISIONEERS.ORG | WEBSITE DIRECTORY
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 | 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.
NEWS: SPECIAL REPORT
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.
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.
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 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.
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 unique, innovative Visioneering approach quickly enables our blind students to find unprecedented freedom from the previous indignities of dependency, passivity and isolation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
VISIONEERS MEDIA COVERAGE
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
MEDIA: ONLINE: THE LATEST FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
MEDIA: RADIO-PODCAST: TheNakedScientists.com on “Seeing With Sound”
MEDIA: TV-VIDEO: RECENT COVERAGE
MEDIA: SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR REPORTS
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
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.
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.
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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