CAN  YOU BELIEVE THIS?

Did you know that, within the Allied Health System, blindness is currently considered an untreatable 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.

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 Methods Are Science. Our Results Change Lives.

Our work over the past 18 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!

Thank you!

MAKE A DONATION

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Visioneers. Support Early Intervention. Image: Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish makes FlashSonar clicks into a bowl as he instructs Little Ran at her level on a carpet.
Visioneers. Support Student Workshops. Image: Photo shows Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway with students at a FlashSonar workshop during a Science Fair at their school in Los Angeles.
Visioneers. Support Student Scholarships. Image: Junior Visioneer Nathan leads Visioneers Daniel Kish and Brian Bushway down a corridor in a community recreation center by using FlashSonar by way of a hand clicker and his perception cane.

CORPORATE| ENTERPRISE 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.

VISIONEERS/WAFTB OPERATES PRIMARILY ON DONATIONS WHICH IS WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

IMAGE: Daniel Kish instructs 9 year-old Nava Madani in FlashSonar echolocation and full-length cane technique along a tree-lined street.

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 over 18 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.

Thank you!

‘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.

Thank you!

“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!

Visioneers. Video: "Around The World With FlashSonar". See how your donations change lives in the USA & Globally.

COUNTRIES OF STUDENTS WE SERVED IN 2017

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: 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.
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: Adult Visioneering student Kevin practices hearing his FlashSonar echoes reflect off the walls of shops at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL AND GENEROUS SUPPORT!

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.

PREVIEW THE BOOK HERE | ORDER ONLINE HERE 

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