GIVE A BLIND CHILD THE GIFT OF SEEING WITH SOUND
The work of VISIONEERS is very simple: We teach blind persons of all ages to see with sound. We teach sighted people to see better.
The impact of our work is very simple: Blind persons experience freedom from outdated dependence and isolation.
The best way for you to be a part of our mission is also very simple: Give a blind child, teen or adult the gift of seeing with sound by making a donation anytime you’re able.
If there is one season each year that every act of generosity counts, it is the Christmas Holiday Season where we count on the generosity of spirit and contribution that ultimately connects us as people.
We all have something to contribute. You as a donor, and our students as equal citizens with equal access to life. On behalf of them, we thank you and wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM DANIEL KISH
What a year it has been. As you may have read previously on our Facebook page, I was named an Ashoka Fellow earlier this year, and have been selected to present to and network with hundreds of stakeholders and policy makers at the Zero Project conference for a barrier free world at the U.N. Headquarters in Vienna, and also to undergo a special impact accelerator program to help World Access for the Blind/Visioneers scale-up our work to increase and broaden its impact across the U.S. and around the world.
We were one of 10 out of 371 selected, so I am most appreciative.
Other opportunities are also opening to us. The potentials for networking and support are staggering for all people who face ability challenges. We are most grateful.
These humbling achievements are leading to some game changing expansions of our work and its impact on people that promise to put us in a whole new high profile league of high impact capacity and influence.
Not only am I immensely honoured, but I am ever reminded that it is all happening in part because of the generous support of our work by many of you who subscribed to receive our Newsletters. Thank you most sincerely.
Here is a link to this year’s Holiday Season Newsletter:
I write this letter as a direct appeal for your kind support once more, in whatever manner you can spare it. Because, as exciting and richly rewarding as these opportunities promise to be for us and our clients in a future within our grasp, at present we are, if truth be told, struggling out of the most financially compromising year we have ever experienced.
These opportunities for a bright and open future are projected to begin gaining us traction by mid 2018 to early 2019. What we need now are the means to reach that future intact.
Growing from my training a few dozen local blind students and their families and supporters to half a dozen blind instructors training over 15,000 in nearly two-thirds of the U.S. and 39 countries through several spin-off organizations, I have never felt at once so hopeful about a prosperous future and so daunted by the task of ensuring our immediate survival.
The social impact of 2017 has, as for so many, constricted our resource stream and threatened our capacity to sustain our life changing services which have reached almost legendary proportions over the last 17 years of solid growth. How quickly that can change for better or worse.
Given the right boost with your help, I am certain that we can find ourselves back on track for the better. I don’t know how else to express to you my concern except to say simply that, in order to achieve and maintain traction long enough to make effective use of the opportunities availed to us, we simply need your help, as much as you can reasonably give.
Please help us by making a secure online donation below. We would all be warmly appreciative of your support.
All of us at World Access For The Blind/Visioneers wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous Holiday Season!
Thanks ever so kindly,
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LOOKING FOR A GIFT FOR A BLIND PERSON OR A BLINDNESS PROFESSIONAL?
GIVE THEM THE RESOURCE TEXTBOOK GIFT ABOUT LEARNING TO SEE WITH SOUND!
American Printing House for the Blind presents the definitive textbook on FlashSonar Echolocation written by Daniel Kish, considered the foremost expert on the subject, and Jo Hook, Attorney and Professor of Rehabilitation.
Here’s what APH says about it: 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. An extensive list of references and resources is provided for the reader. The cost is $77.00 and a Braille edition is available as a free download.
We hope you will enjoy this book, and find it helpful. Neither the authors nor Visioneers/WAFTB receive any royalties for 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 Visioneers | World Access for the Blind.
Thank you kindly.
BE THE FLASH THAT LIGHTS-UP MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BLIND PERSONS TO SEE WITH SOUND
Global media coverage of our work has led to a waiting list of many blind people who want to learn our FlashSonar™ Echolocation, and many blind and sighted people who want to train with us to become Perceptual Navigation Visioneers.
You can be the flash of opportunity that helps to create jobs right here in the USA.
As a California-registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization for 17 years, World Access For The Blind – the parent organization of Visioneers – knows it takes a lot of flashes of sound to light-up the darkness. The echoes from our clicks act like flashes of light activating the brain’s Visual Cortex with acoustical imaging.
Let your donation be the flash of opportunity for a blind person to light-up their world by learning to
SEE WITH SOUND.