NAVIGATING A WHOLE NEW WORLD
The COVID-19 Pandemic
We hope all of you are keeping safe and following the CDC protocols!
We share everyone’s support and admiration for all the front line responders and all the essential workers and their selfless bravery. Our heartfelt condolences go out to any of you who have lost a loved one to this terrible disease.
Because of social distancing requirements, we have found it necessary to pause our in-person instructional sessions for now, but please contact us for information about virtual instruction online.
In this, our 20th year, we hope that you with the means will give a thought to supporting our ongoing efforts with a donation below to help our blind and low vision students to navigate their way through this world.
Please stay safe.
We will get through this together! We look forward to providing our services in-person again when it’s deemed safe.
In the meantime, we send our best wishes to you and your loved ones and thank those of you who are able to provide financial support for our work at this challenging time.
YOUR GIFT ENABLES SO MUCH!
Our blind instructors with Masters Degrees provide services that are “ahead of the curve” from traditional blindness institutions, such as:
THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF TIME:
Did you know that 90% of a child’s brain is developed before the age of 5? Even some “developed” countries won’t teach blind children orientation, mobility and cane navigation until the age of 7. Do you realize how much developmental time is lost? We teach sonic and tactile awareness as early as possible and even put Perception canes in their hand as early as a year old.
TRAINING THE BRAIN:
FlashSonar clicks+Audible Awareness+Perception Cane activates the Visual Cortex, training the brain to rewire to develop SonarVision.
HELPING AUTISTIC BLIND KIDS:
We specialize in Special Education services and advocacy for families and Assessment Reports for School Districts, and much more.
All donations are SECURED via PayPal to our parent 501(c)3 Non-Profit: World Access For The Blind
DONATE BY CHECK
Please make the check payable to: World Access For The Blind and mail to:
Visioneers | World Access For The Blind
650 N. Rose Drive, #208
Placentia, CA 92870
All donations made in the United States are tax-deductible.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL AND GENEROUS SUPPORT!
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?
Did you know that, within Medicaid and the Allied Health Insurance System, blindness is currently considered an untreatable end-stage condition for which no measure is recognized to add substantially to quality of life?
A blind person can’t even get health insurance to cover the purchase of a white cane nor training services for how to use it, as this device and these services are not considered by the current system to be critical supports to health, well-being, or livelihood.
We beg to disagree and that’s why we need your help.
We not only provide advanced full-length, state-of-the-art Perception Canes for our students, we teach them how to use it in conjunction with our FlashSonar™ refined system of human echolocation as they evolve from passive, dependent blind people into activational explorers of life who Visioneer their own pathways of achievement.
Our Vision Is Sound. Our Method Is Science. Our Results Change Lives.
Our work over the past 19 years has been globally-recognized and validated by Science as adding substantially to quality of life for blind people by teaching them skills that grow more self-confidence, more self-directed navigation, and leading to greater freedom of access, freedom of achievement, freedom of choice, and freedom of movement as they participate in society at a whole new level of independence and equality.
Help us train and hire more instructors to reach more blind children at earlier ages and provide Visioneering Scholarships so that they can benefit from our globally recognized and rewarded innovative curriculum of instruction to see their way in a new way to a better quality of life!
VISIONEERS/WAFTB OPERATES PRIMARILY ON DONATIONS WHICH IS WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Be A Flash Of Inspiration!
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 19 years, World Access For The Blind | Visioneers has specialized in working with these students, their families and school districts to formulate multi-faceted activational programs and mobility training approaches designed to instill knowledge, competence, confidence and self-directed independence in these students.
And as media coverage of our work echoes our clicks to billions of people around the world, 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 new generation of blind students by contributing to our FlashSonar™ Tuition Scholarships, so that they can learn the skills to access, achieve and participate equally in the world around them.
‘Staying The Course Took Perseverance’
Following the founding of World Access For The Blind in 2000, 9/11 shook the economy “top to bottom”, as Success Magazine’s profile of Daniel Kish states. “All funding dried up overnight”, he [Kish] says [while waiting for his tax-exempt status to be confirmed]. He lived off his savings and credit cards . . . his gas was turned off . . . ‘my cupboards were bare’.
But thousands of clients later, Kish is still operating on a budget far leaner than he’d like, in part because he never turns any student away.”
Some years are better than others. 2017 was a particularly challenging year for funding for many charities across the United States, including ours, for political and other reasons. As you read in the message from Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish, we have many exciting opportunities coming up this year, but we need your immediate help to bridge the funding gap in the meantime.
Please help Daniel and the rest of the Visioneers | World Access For The Blind Team bridge that gap to continue to reach more blind students by making a secure online donation that is tax-deductible in the United States. We’ve partnered with the most secure online donation services to make sure your that when you enter your information is strongly encrypted and protected.
“The Boat’s Become A Ship – We Need A Bigger Engine!”
Visioneers | World Access for the Blind is a California-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that is disrupting well-intentioned, but outdated models of orientation and mobility education for blind persons that keeps them dependent on sighted guidance, and sighted-thinking.
We break through decades-old attitudes and paradigms by teaching blind people to see for themselves in an innovative and self-directed way. We’re a small organization of five blind instructors and a few paid or pro-bono consultants, who can barely keep up with demand. Global media coverage of our work has created a waiting list of blind and sighted people who want to learn our FlashSonar™ Echolocation for personal or professional reasons.
Your donations help to cover related training expenses such as travel and accommodation, especially where we provide affordable or pro-bono services to low-income students in need across the United States and around the world. With the launch of our Visioneers brand, we’ve added new services for Professionals in the Orientation and Mobility field, for Schools and Enterprise operations and other service categories with goal of building revenue that can sustain our current operations, and combined with your donations, build an endowment for the future that enables us to build the Visioneers Academy and support the training and hiring of more instructors to satisfy the growing demand for our services.
We hope you’ll be one of our Champions by making a donation today. Thank you!
JUST SOME OF THE 41 COUNTRIES WE’VE SERVED
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.