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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 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.

WE TEACH BLIND PEOPLE TO SEE WITH SONARVISION

We teach blind people to break free of traditionally taught sighted dependence and take charge of their right to self-determined freedom of movement, freedom of access, and freedom of achievement and participation as an equal citizen of the world.

In our process that we call “Visioneering”, we teach blind persons to produce sonic echoes that we call “FlashSonar” from tongue clicks, hand clapping, finger snapping or using clickers or castanets and combine them with additional sonic feedback from full-length Perception Canes to activate, or “light up” the visual cortex  – the part of the brain normally used for processing sight  – and train it over time to re-wire and produce SonarVision.

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 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?.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMPONENTS THAT MAKE UP SONARVISION

Our “Visioneering” methodology incorporates our specialized form of human echolocation that we call “FlashSonar”, consisting of flashes of tongue-click echoes reflecting from the surrounding environment like flashes of light, combined with full-length Perception Cane training using longer than traditional blind navigation canes. All this produces combined audible perceptual context that activates the brain’s visual cortex to produce a sort of fuzzy spatial geometry that we call SonarVision – “seeing with sound”.

“Echolocation and FlashSonar” is an introduction to the two main perceptual skills involved in the process as a precept for training the brain to rewire itself over time using neuroplasticity to produce SonarVision. Learn more.

Book cover and Chapter 1 excerpt links to Textbook page.
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.
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LATEST NEWS

DANIEL KISH AT ADOBE FOR ALL

Keynote Speaker at 2019 Summit

The recent Adobe For All Summit in Silicon Valley included over 1,200 employees from nearly 50 global sites, and was live-streamed to all 22,00 employees. The theme was “Empower Every Voice”. Among an incredible set of Keynote Speakers, including Gloria Estefan, World Cup-winning USA team member Jess McDonald and others, was Daniel Kish.

Founder and Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish presents a Keynote speech onstage at the 2019 Adobe For All Conferencenext to a stylized giant A.

A number of Adobe employees have commented on social media about how moving they found Daniel’s presentation to be. We hope to be able to bring you more coverage and a video of it soon.

VISIONEERS FAMILY FESTIVAL

Visioneers Austria brings SonarVision to Vienna

Our newest affiliate, Visioneers Austria, has provided some photos from the recent Family Festival in Vienna. Experiential exhibits enabled blind, low-vision and sighted participants to learn the rudimentary aspects of blind navigation using all the perceptual components and techniques that Visioneers integrates into what we call SonarVision.

Visioneers Family Festival. Photo montage shows various participants at the Visioneers Austrial Festival in Venice on the 21st of September, 2019.

Our deepest thanks to all of the organizations who helped to make this happen (full list at the link), and, of course, to all the participants from Austria and abroad! Read more here.

VISIONEER UNO MASTER

Senior Instructor Visioneer stars in “How To” video

Game and toy manufacturer Mattel has partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to create a Braille edition of the iconic family card game UNO®, and we’re proud to say that Senior Instructor Visioneer Brian Bushway was asked to be the blind player in the “How To Play” video that was produced to accompany the launch of the Braille Edition.

Brian Bushway - Braille UNO star. Video still frame shows Senior Instructor Visioneer Brian Bushway sitting between two sighted UNO players in a "How-to" video for the game.

UNO®Braille also works with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. And if you’re wondering who wins the game in the “How To Play” video, you can watch it on Brian’s page.

Visioneers Austria Picnic & Hike

Impressions of the Visioneers Austria event for people who are blind, low-vision or sighted in Vienna with Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish and Senior Instructor Visioneer Juan Ruiz, on July 20, 2019.

Supporters: Kahane Foundation, Essl Foundation, Ashoka and Ketchum Publico.

CREDITS Production: Sandra Noll, Frames of Life |  Project coordinator: Evelina Lundqvist, The Good Tribe

© 2019: Visioneers | World Access for the Blind

Visioneers on “It’s OK To Be Smart”

Senior Instructor Visioneer Brian Bushway teaches YouTuber Molly Burke to see with sound. Host Dr. Joe Hanson wanted to surprise Molly with a lesson in SonarVision.

CNN’s Great Big Story Profiles Brian Bushway

It’s also a great example of how much more accessible a video can be made by providing descriptive audio without “getting in the way”of the viewing experience.

Student Visioneer Humoody Smith Wins 3 State Titles

Seattle TV station Q13 profiles Student Visioneer Humoody Smith and the person he calls his “selfless guide” as he participates in high school track & field.

Brian Bushway At BDYHAX 2019

BDYHAX is an annual conference about body hacks and human enhancement in Austin Texas. Senior Instructor Visioneer Brian Bushway was a presenter.

VISIONEERS AUSTRIA

Wandern & Picknick

Visioneers Austria kicked off its inaugural event with a 10 kilometre hike and picnic for blind, visually-impaired and sighted participants on a warm, sunny day in Vienna. It was a great chance for everyone to learn “Visioneering”, our version of orienteering using sonarvision echolocation. Thanks to our sponsors Ashoka, Kahane and Essl Foundations.

Visioneers Austria. Photo of Senior Instructor Visioneer Juan Ruiz leading blind participants on a walking trail with plenty of green trees around.

Learn more about times and locations for upcoming events for blind, visually impaired or sighted children, teenagers, students, adults and seniors at our Facebook page.

“IT’S OKAY TO BE SMART”

Brian joins YouTube star Molly Burke

Senior Instructor Visioneer Brian Bushway was recently a guest on the PBS Digital program “It’s Okay To Be Smart“. Host Joe Hanson Ph.D, wanted to surprise YouTube star Molly Burke – who had taught herself some echolocation – with some advanced teaching from Brian and it was a “sonic awakening” for everyone in the studio.

Brian teaches Molly. Video frame of Brian Bushway sharing a laugh with YouTube star Molly Burke on the set of "It's Okay To Be Smart" on PBS Digital.

Our thanks to Joe and Molly for showing Brian a good time and for helping to introduce more people to we teach blind people a new way to see using sonarvision. Watch the video on Brian’s page.

DO WE NEED A SMART CANE?

Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish weighs-in

PBS member station WHYY recently tackled the subject of smart canes on its radio program and podcast The Pulse. Kürşat Ceylan is a blind social entrepreneur from Turkey who’s developed the WeWALK smart cane that ultrasonically detects overhead objects, and provides other functions for users via a smartphone app.

WeWALK Smart Cane. Image: WeWALK developer Kürşat Ceylan navigates down a set of stairs using his smart cane.

Daniel doesn’t believe you need to pile on a whole bunch of gadgetry onto canes to make them smart. In fact, he feels all that interferes with natural ability. Hear and read more on our News page.

VISIONEERS AUSTRIA

Inaugural Events from our new Affiliate

Visioneers Austria has some fun events coming up and we thought we’d post information in English for anyone who knows blind, visually-impaired or sighted people in Austria who might want to take part, or even if you’re traveling in the area. Our inaugural event took place Saturday, July 20th! Both beginners and experienced hikers were welcome!

Visioneers Austria: Photo of Daniel Kish, Juan Ruiz and a young female student sit on a concrete garden wall.

Learn more about times and locations for upcoming events for blind, visually impaired or sighted children, teenagers, students, adults and seniors at our Facebook page.

BRIAN’S “GREAT BIG STORY”

The World’s Best Blind Mountain Biker

Senior Instructor Visioneer Brian Bushway was given that title by Mountain Bike Magazine a number of years ago, and that perked the interest of CNN Film’s “Great Big Story” unit. Brian lost his sight at the age of 14, and the profile follows how Brian learned how to see with sound and to adapt zip ties for group mountain biking.

Brian "World's Best": Video frame of an old RCA tv with an image of Brian Bushway riding his bicycle towards the camera.

Our thanks to Great Big Story for making this Descriptive Audio version of the profile, to show how content can be adapted for blind and visually impaired users.

HUMOODY A  STATE CHAMPION

Also credits his “selfless guide” Zeb Kumley

Student Visioneer Humoody Smith has evolved into something of an athletic “phenom”.  But as you learn more about him and his family when you browse through his page in our Results and Impact section, you’ll find that’s not surprising. Nor is the fact that Humoody sprinted to three State titles in the ambulatory 100, 200 and 400 races.

Three State Titles: Photo of Student Visioneer Humoody Smith sprinting with his tandem guide along a track.

Naturally, this has caught the attention of the media in the greater Seattle area and you can read and watch the results and learn more about Humoody’s “selfless guide” on his page.

WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2019

Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish part of panel

Daniel recently joined Academy Award-Winning Actor and Deaf Advocate Marlee Matlin and two scientists as part of the closing panel at this year’s World Science Festival in New York City. The session topic “Can We Cure Blindness & Deafness? Should We?” mixed cutting-edge science with sensory loss insights and daily living realities.

Link image contains photos of Daniel Kish, Marlee Matlin and two scientists who were part of the closing panel at the World Science Festival in New York.

Learn more about the esteemed panel participants and read an article about the panel session by the Dana Foundation on our News page about this year’s event in the Big Apple.

VISIONEERS @ SONY SXSW 2019

Daniel Kish & Brian Bushway on inclusive design

Daniel and Brian joined Aya Nishikawa, Senior Manager Sony Quality & Environmental Dept, Human Centered Design Professional and Takamoto Tsuda, Design Manager, Sony Creative Center, UI/UX designer, at the SONY WOW Studio at SXSW 2019 in Austin, Texas to talk about inclusiveness in product design, featured in SONY’s “CAVE Without A Light”.

Daniel Kish and Brian Bushway stand with the SONY Inclusive Design Team for a photo at South By SouthWest in Austin, Texas.

Learn more about the innovations from SONY’s Inclusive Design Team and the insights they learned from Daniel and Brian in videos on our News page about the multi-festival event.

BLIND ACCESS DENIED IN UK

Paralympic Champ banned by UK grocer again

Sainsbury’s is the third largest chain of grocers in the UK and is also the sponsor of the British Paralympic team. But their commitment to disabled rights is being publicly scrutinized after British Paralympic skiing champion John Dickinson-Lilley was left “shaken and humiliated” after being banned from a Sainsbury’s with his guide dog.

Blind Access Denied. Photo shows blind UK Paralympic skiing champion John Dickinson-Lilley standing with his guide dog outside a Sainsbury's Local market in London where he was denied access.

This is the second time it’s happened at the same market where a security guard refused entry and refused to get the manager in violation of the UK Equalities Act. Learn more on our News Page.

THE SCIENCE OF SONARVISION

Training the brain to rewire to see with sound

Our collaborative research projects have validated our techniques of combining FlashSonar click echoes with additional sonic feedback from Perceptual Cane work to activate the Visual Cortex, the sight processing center in the brain. With repeated practice, the audible prompts train the brain to rewire to produce what we call SonarVision.

Link to The Science of SonarVision page. Still framwe from a CNN animation shows Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway sending out tongue clicks and receiving the FlashSonar echo waves back to paint a "fuzzy Geometry" of his front yard.

We’ve consolidated the media coverage of the related scientific papers, including those co-authored by Daniel Kish, with a new video on our Science of SonarVision page.

OUR TEXTBOOK REVIEWED

Visual Sciences expert endorsement

Gordon N. Dutton, MD, FRCOpthal, FRCS is Emeritus Professor of Visual Science at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. Professor Dutton is also an Advisor and Contributor to CVI Scotland, a website devoted to helping people understand cerebral visual impairments, working towards mastery of this complex spectrum of conditions.

Photo of Dr. Gordon Dutton sitting in front of a bookcase links to his review of "Echolocation and FlashSonar.

In his review, Dr. Dutton says ” Individuals who cannot see, who have learned to navigate autonomously . . . need to teach the sighted . . . Echolocation and FlashSonar does exactly that.”

DAREDEVIL VS. BATMAN

The debate over a media-imposed nickname

Over the almost 20 years that Daniel has been teaching blind people to see in a new way, media coverage of this work invariably throws a bit of sensationalism into the headlines by referring to him as “The Real-life Bat Man”. More recently in the wake of the “Daredevil” movie, some people think he should be called “The Real-life Daredevil”.

Photolink to Daredevil vs Batman features an illustration of the two comic book characters.

We’ve examined the debate in a video on our Science of SonarVision page, from both a factual and tongue-in-cheek perspective. And Daniel weighs-in with a short essay on the matter.

PAYING IT FORWARD

Inspiration from SonarVision crosses generations

Daniel Kish’s ability to see with sound has been taught to other blind children, teens and adults for almost 20 years to the point where more than just life-changing skills and philosophies are being passed to subsequent generations of blind children. Inspiration has also been “paid forward” by the achievements of our students.

Photolink to Humoody page shows our Student Visioneer at a practice with some Seattle Seahawks NFL players.

Student Visioneer Humoody has been a living embodiment of our “NO LIMITS” philosophy. Learn about his achievements and “Paying It Forward” on his page in our Results and Impact Section.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

How a childhood classic inspired a blind boy

One of the earliest inspirations for Founder and Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish was hearing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk as a child. It sparked a curiosity about climbing trees that is still a passion today, and one that he has paid forward to many of his blind student Visioneers over almost two decades of SonarVision instruction.

Scott Gustafson's illustration showing Jack high up the beanstalk links to Daniel Kish explains the inspiration for his love of climbing trees.

Click on Scott Gustafson’s illustration of Jack and The Beanstalk to take you to a video excerpt on Humoody’s page from Daniel’s Keynote address at Aspire 2018 where he explains the inspiration.

VISIONEERS NORWAY

Welcome our new affiliate

Preben Mathieu-Bjerke and the rest of the Team at Visioneers Norway are busy planning SonarVision Workshops for 2019. Preben is the father of three year-old Student Visioneer Luca, and you’ll soon see a page about Luca in our Results & Impact section showing the beneficial results of early childhood Visioneering.

Photo link to Visioneers Norway Facebook page showing Daniel Kish with the Board of Directors of Visioneers Norway.

If you or someone you know in Norway have interest in being a part of the 2019 SonarVision workshops, please respond to the poll on Visioneers Norway’s Facebook Page.

VISIONEERING SONARVISION

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

Activating the Visual Cortex to rewire the brain

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 auditory signals that activate, and are 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.

This part of the brain, normally used for sight, produces something of a real-time spatial map that we call “SonarVision”. Repeated deployment trains the brain over time to re-wire to “see” with sound.

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 as we teach them younger, faster, better, and at lower cost than traditional methods.

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 and innovative Visioneering approach quickly enables our blind students to achieve unprecedented freedom from the generational indignities of imposed dependence 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’ve re-engineered 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 appreciate 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

Activational Speakers. Upgrade from Motivational to Activational Speakers with Forward-thinking Solutions. IMage: Photo of Daniel Kish onstage at the Global TED Conference in Vancouver.

VISIONEERING RECALIBRATED PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS OF BLIND PEOPLE

Book one of our VISIONEERS for a keynote speech or a VISIONEERING Workshop and watch as they go Activational to recalibrate everyone’s perceptions of the capabilities of blind people and how we teach them a new way to see with sound by seeing and thinking about the world around them in a new way.

When it’s a beautiful day, our students see it in a new way using SONARVISION!

Watch our Speakers videos and learn how we teach sighted people to see through the dark unknown of challenges at home, school or work and join the ranks of TED, Proctor & Gamble, PayPal, PopTech, and other Fortune 500s that have booked and acclaimed our Activational Speakers.

Visioneers Services Category link: Activational Speakers. Image of Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish onstage at the global TED Conference.
Personal Visioneering. Visioneering Capacity Building, Personal growth and Perceptual Navigational Skills Development. Image: Photo of Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish working with student Humoody who is holding a soccer ball tied in a plastic bag for audible reference.

ONE-ON-ONE PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION

Our Visioneering concept reflects emerging findings that blindness isn’t about not seeing; it’s about NEW ways of seeing. The development, field-testing, refinement and documentation of our approach is uniquely led by our qualified and skilled blind Visioneers.

The majority of our Instructional Visioneers have Master’s Degrees in Special Education and other studies. They are allied with a cross-disciplinary network of scientists, psychologists, neurologists, educators and therapists. Learn more about our in-house expertise in Developmental Psychology and dealing with blind children on the Autism Spectrum, and why we advocate for early education on our Personal Visioneering page.

Visioneers Services Category link: Personal Visioneering. Image of Lead Visioneers working with student Visioneer Humoody Smith as he kicks a soccer ball wrapped in a plastic bag for audible reference.
Professional Visioneering individual or group courses for special education and blindness professionals. Image: Visioneers Juan Ruiz and Brian Bushway lead a group of recreational professionals and parents in an accessible sports workshop.

UPDATE YOUR SKILL-SET WITH OUR CERTIFICATION COURSE

Visioneering individual or group courses for blind and sighted education and blindness professionals in Continuing Education, enriching professional development, and activational leadership to help upgrade and advance the Orientation and Mobility (O&M) field.

We are the only organization in the world offering a Certification Course in FlashSonar™ echolocation and full-length Perception Cane Instructional training. Our Visioneering workshop format has been developed over 20 years of experience conducting perception and achievement trainings and workshops throughout the world and to a wide range of attendees. Learn more about our Activational Certification Course on our Professional Visioneering page.

Professional Visioneering Category link. Image: Daniel Kish and Brian Bushway join Professor ML Taya Kitiyakara, President of the Echolocation Project for the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, and Blind Student Instructors as they show off their Instructor Certifications.
Educational Visioneering.Visioneering curricula-relevant Keynotes and Workshops in-person and via distance-learning. Image: Visioneer Brian Bushway stands with students at a Visioneers workshop during Science Day at their Los Angeles area school.

WE CAN BRING “COOL” TO YOUR SCHOOL OR SCIENCE FAIR

And we can bring it to a classroom, an auditorium, or via a long-distance Skype video call or Conference. How cool would it be to learn to “see” in the dark just like bats, dolphins and some toothed whales? And yes, even movie action-heroes like Daredevil.

We can fashion Activational Workshops to enhance students’ understanding of the Science of FlashSonar, the Biology of how it works in humans and animals as well as the History and Social Studies aspects of how sighted people have treated blind people over the years, and the Geography aspects of what we’ve learned in the 40+ countries where we’ve provided services. Learn more and make a booking enquiry on our Educational Visioneering page.

Educational Visioneering : Image: Workshop Visioneer J. Steele-Louchart speaks to a classroom of Science students via Skype on a large smart screen.
Enterprise Visioneering. Visioneering team-building | Problem Solving | Leadership Workshops | Activational Keynotes.

LET OUR TEAM LEAD YOUR TEAM FROM MOTIVATIONAL TO ACTIVATIONAL

Does your Team often hit a blind spot, lose their way and their motivation, especially if they run into a dead end?

Are you missing out on customer groups that have different needs and abilities? We can Visioneer Activational Solutions via Keynote Speeches, Team-building, Leadership exercises and Sensory workshops. We’ve re-engineered and re-calibrated our Business Model and Marketing Identity, and we can help you to do the same for your operation by teaching your employees to hear, see and problem-solve in a new way. Learn more on our Enterprise Visioneering page.

Category link: Enterprise Visioneering. Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish delivers a keynote speech at a Foothold Technologies Conference in New York City.
Visioneers Health and Wellness. Visioneering client access to wellness resources | sensory workshops and keynotes for the health sector.

ACTIVATIONAL PATHWAYS TO WELLNESS

Just as important as teaching blind people to take better care of their health is teaching the Health & Wellness sectors how to better provide access, support and treatment for the wellbeing of persons with vision-loss and /or other conditions.

Many blind persons can relate their own stories of being left out of Phys-Ed, or Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, or any other activities that provided the benefit of exercise, because of things like antiquated Risk Assessment guidelines, or instructors or leaders with a lack of vision or knowledge when it came to creative recreational inclusion. Learn more about the Sensory and Recreational Workshops we can provide on our Health|Wellness Visioneering page.

Health and Wellness Visioneering: Image: Daniel Kish is shown walking with a young woman along the water at Corona Del Mar beach in the late afternoon sun.
Visioneers Services: Media and Press: Visioneering consulting for Movies and TV | Sensory Experts for Interviews and Documentaries. Image: Photo of Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish at a press conference for the Tamil movie Thandavam in which he appeared and consulted for.

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.

Media and Press Visioneering. Image: Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway demonstrates FlashSonar echolocation on an episode of The Doctors.
Research-Science-Tech Visioneering. Our Research, Science and Tech partnerships are validating FlashSonar and advancing Accessibility. Image: Screen capture of The Royal Society website publishing a paper on echolocation co-authored by Daniel Kish, Lore Thalere at Durham University and others.

ASSISTIVE TECH CONSULTING, CO-AUTHORING STUDIES & MORE

There are fascinating updated results from the study that Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish has been co-authoring with Dr. Lore Thaler and others via Durham University in Great Britain. They may not be that surprising to Daniel and the students we’ve taught. Daniel and some of our Instructor Visioneers have been working with Dr. Thaler on echolocation studies for a number of years, including her originating work as part of the team under the guidance of Distinguished Professor Melvyn A. Goodale at Western University in Canada. We’ve also consulted for tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, PayPal, NEC and more, as well as start-up entrepreneurs on assistive technology. Learn more about our work in these areas and how we might be able to help you or your company.

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.
Social Visioneering. Our volunteer Social Visioneers help with public outreach, community-building and ability-awareness. Image: Photo of participants in a past "Walk, Run, Ride" fundraising event.

BE ONE OF OUR CHAMPIONS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Unfortunately, we live in a world that is often not user-friendly for blind people and other persons living with one or more disabilities. The current political climate has also made bullies bolder, budgets bleaker, and even Medicare/Medicaid won’t provide white canes for blind persons.

That’s why we need good and decent champions like you who are willing to volunteer to raise awareness in your community of our work and the funds needed to support it. We need to train and hire more blind and sighted instructors to meet the overwhelming demand for our services and to enable more blind people to gain the skills to achieve freedom of access and movement to become participating and contributing equal members of society.

Social Visioneering category link. Image: Senior Visioneer speaks at a Lion's Club meeting.

BOOK A VISIONEER FOR YOUR EVENT

Daniel Kish Keynote at Aspire. IMage: Photo of Daniel Kish on stage beneath a video screen with the logo of Brave New World , the theme of the 2018 Aspire global conference in Krakow, Poland.
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.
Brian Bushway @ Brain Week. Image: Photo of Brian Bushway on stage at Brain Week at Western University in London, Ontario spreading his arms wide to make a point.
Danielo Keynote at No Barriers. Image: Photo shows Daniel on stage at the No Barriers University conference holding a magazine for use as a reflective surface.

MAKE A DONATION

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None of our donors’ financial information is stored or entered in this website and is only entered on the secure platforms of the payment providers, so please feel secure in making a donation to support our work teaching blind people to see in a new way using SonarVision.

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COMPANY DONATIONS

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!

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 be able to train and hire more instructors, creating jobs in the United States to meet that demand.

Here’s a sample of our Visioneers at work across the USA and in other countries where we’ve provided services over the last year.

Australia. Image: Daniel Kish works with a toddler while helping her to walk using a Perception Cane at a workshop in Australia.
Austria. Image: Black and white photo of Senior Multicultural Visioneer Juan Ruiz working with a young blind student in Tyrol, Austria.
Belgium. Newest addition to the Visioneers Team, Thomas Tajo holds a plate beside a blind student for directional FlashSonar training at a workshop in Belgium.
Canada. Image: Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish works with students from Blind Beginnings in a park in Vancouver, British Columbia.
England. Image: Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish bends over as he instructs a young blind girl on using her long Perception Navigation Cane on the patio in her back yard on a sunny day.
France. Image: Senior Multicultural Visioneer Juan Ruiz scouts sculpted entablature for tactile interest at the Louvre in Paris, ahead of a training session.
Germany. Image: Senior Multicultural Visioneer Juan Ruiz instructs a blind boy on how to use his long Perception Cane to detect the height of a step at an outdoor fountain in Germany.
The Netherlands. Workshop Visoneer Thomas Tajo instructs a young blind boy on how to hold his long Perception Cane while navigating in a park,
Norway. Image: Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish stands beside Workshop Visioneer Thomas Tajo in a group photo with blind students in Norway at a weekend workshop.
Russia. Image: Workshop Visioneer Thomas Tajo leads blind and sighted participants in the outdoor portion of two workshops at the soundartist.ru Sound festival in Moscow.
Scotland. Image: Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish speaks before a charity concert at the Lanark Community Hall by Junior Visioneer Ethan David Loch.
Switzerland. Image: Senior Multicultural Visioneer Juan Ruiz and his wife Nina pause for a scenic photo at an outlook in Zurich on the way to a training session.
Thailand. Image: A group photo at the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand asVisioneers Daniel Kish, Brian Bushway and Thomas Tajo stand with staff members and blind trainee Visioneers coaches after they've received their Instructor Certificates of various ranks.
USA. Image: Adult Visioneering student Kevin practices hearing his FlashSonar echoes reflect off the walls of shops at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California.
USA. Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway stands for a photo with students at a Los Angeles school after a FlashSonar Workshop at their Science Fair.
USA. Image: Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish and Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway train in a park with junior Visioneer Nathan as the session is recorded for a podcast.

VISIONEERING TEAM

OUR EXPERT VISIONEERS 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.

In our case, “when the blind lead the blind” they shatter the marginalizing Old-World dogma as they break through to new heights of self-directed achievement and freedom. 

Daniel Kish Page Banner: Photo: Daniel stands between a rock formation in Iceland. Caption: President, Lead Perceptual Navigation Instructor, Activational Presenter. Masters Degree in Special Education, Master's Degree in Developmental Psychiatry | COMS.
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.
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, combined with long Perception Cane use, can lead to mastery of SonarVision.

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 Make A Donation page.

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

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.
Radio and Podcasts. Images: Logos of NPR, TED Radio Hour, BBC Radio and The Naked Scientists podcast with photos of Daniel Kish and Brian Bushway.
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.

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.

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.
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