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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 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, quiet 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.
Who We Are. Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway conducts a training workshop for blind Trainee Visioneers in Thailand.
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,
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.


We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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 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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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: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 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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Help us share life-changing Perceptual Freedom. We depend upon your support. Image: Silhouette of Daniel Kish walking with his full-length navigation cane.
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