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Visioneers World Access For The Blind Social Media Highlights

Visioneers Facebook module frames a photo of Humoody Smith practicing wrestling moves with teammate Paul Johnson in his school's gym. Caption: Junior Visioneer Embraces Life. Humoody also embraces challenges head-on.

JR. VISIONEER HUMOODY EMBRACES LIFE’S CHALLENGES

Blasted in the face at close range by a terrorist’s shotgun in Iraq when he was just two years-old, Humoody Smith’s life has been an ongoing chronicle of triumph over tragedy.

Blinded by the attack, Humoody was eight years-old when we started working with him and we’ve borne witness to the incredible young man he’s maturing into – much of that, the guiding result of his supportive and loving adoptive family, (our Donors of The Year for 2016), and much of it a phenomenal internal spirit.

Humoody has been a living embodiment of our “No Limits” philosophy from the first day we worked with him, and his mother Julie recently posted about how it made him stand-out at a blind Paralympic sports camp:

“I asked Humoody if any of the other kids play school sports like he does. He said, “Mom you don’t understand, none of these kids play school sports. You and Dad have never parented me like a “blind” kid, you let me play club and school wrestling and school football.”

As we were leaving, one of the counselors told Humoody and myself that he was happy that Humoody encouraged the other blind kids to not be afraid of sports. It made me happy that Humoody was encouraging others.”

No pity needed for this guy. He recently turned 15 and is going stronger than ever!

You can also meet Humoody in our Happy New Year Video and learn more about him on our BlindNotBroken page:

https://visioneers.org/blindnotbroken/

Read the latest profile about Humoody in his local newspaper, The Herald,  (which in 13 years of coverage, still hasn’t learned the correct spelling of his name): http://bit.ly/2pUwMJh

DANIEL KISH NAMED ASHOKA FELLOW

Visioneer's Social Media module framed frames a photo of Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish posted by Ashoka. Caption: Meet Ashoka Fellow Daniel Kish. World Access For The Blind, Los Angeles, California. Transforming the training and experience of perceptual navigation for blind people.

Friday spotlight on 2017 #AshokaFellow Daniel Kish of World Access for the Blind. Daniel has created a new model of perceptual navigation training which may be the most disruptive innovation since the guide dog.

As a child, Daniel realized (and has since scientifically proven) that by producing a clicking sound with his tongue and using its echoes to “echolocate”. 

Read more at our Facebook Page.

VISIONEERS | WAFTB HIGHLIGHTS

Facebook compiled a reel of of special moments from the activities of World Access For The Blind, and later, Visioneers in 2017.

It highlighted the third round of training with The Foundation For The Blind in Thailand where our trainee Visioneers earned Instructor Certificates at various rankings.

It also captured some images with our students in the U.K., as well as the USA. Click on the thumbnail to play the video and click the Sound icon for audio.

OUR STUDY TOPS REDDIT SCIENCE

Our study tops reddit science. Our FlashSonar echolocation validated by science. Image: Screen grab of 'The New Reddit Journal Of Science' webpage with the post about echolocation at the top of the list.

‘Seeing with Sound’ Study Chronicles the Science of Human Echolocation’

World Access For The Blind has been proud to be a research partner with Durham University in the U.K. as one of the many projects we participate in.

It wasn’t long after the most recent study results were released that they ended up topping the New Reddit Journal of Science Forum.

Read more at our Facebook page.

WAFTB Social Media Module frames a photo of Ethan David Loch taking a bow beside a grand piano. A poster superimposed in the foreground reads EthanDavid Loch under an illustration of a Scottish Thistle and Music in Lanark under an illustrated piano keyboard. Charity Concert in support of World Access For The Blind. Caption: Be amazed by blind prodigy! Help him help other kids see with sound.

“ANGEL OF MUSIC” FUNDRAISING HERO: ETHAN DAVID LOCH

World Access For The Blind/VISIONEERS  has been working with Ethan since he was a wee toddler in Canada, and in his native Scotland as he’s grown into a very talented and caring young man. We’re wowed by Ethan’s incredible talent, and humbled by his generosity, as he held a charity concert at Lanark this year in support of our work. He even participated in the muddiest McTuff Mud Run you could ever imagine to raise funds so that other blind kids in Scotland can benefit from our FlashSonar instruction the way he has.

Thank you so much, Ethan! And Congratulations on your well-deserved awards at the Vatican, the Chopin Festival in Poland, and the James Waterhouse Prize in London and his performance at Steinway Hall.

A major part of these achievements is the wonderful support Ethan gets from his close-knit and loving family, including his Dad Fraser, and his first piano instructor – his Mum Larinda – herself, an accomplished concert pianist and Suzuki Method Instructor, his big brother Nathanael who fiercely slogged through the Mud Run with Ethan, even carrying him on his back after both his shoes got stuck in the mud, and little sister Hannah who’s always ready with the biggest hugs. And not to forget his Uncle Dave and the rest of the clan.

We’re so proud of you Ethan! All of us at Visioneers wish you many more musical successes in 2018!

WAFTB STUDENT KEVIN “RISING”

We’re always happy to hear from our current and former students on how they’re doing, and on what a positive difference learning FlashSonar™ Echolocation is making in their life.

So it is with Kevin Lowe. He’s a survivor of some tough circumstances, but he’s making the most of what he’s learned, as profiled in Plantation Living Magazine. Read more at our Facebook page.

GLOBAL PRESS COVERS STUDY

Our pitch phrase is ‘Our Vision Is Sound | Our Method Is Science | Our Results Change Lives’.

Today, we’re focusing on the Science as we mark the release of a new study that World Access for the Blind has been a research partner in that looks at human echolocation in unprecedented detail.

Read more at our Facebook page.

PAYING IT FORWARD

WAFTB Facebook module frames photos of WAFTB Perceptual Navigation Instructor Brian Bushway working with Jake Olson. The middle photo shows Lead Instructor Daniel Kish working with student Nava. The third photo shows a young Humoody Smith, another of our students. Caption: Our students 'Pay It Forward'. Providing inspiration and opportunity for others.

World Access for the Blind has been teaching blind persons to see with sound for over 16 years.

We’ve been doing this long enough now that the inspiration is cascading across subsequent age groups, as is the ‘paying it forward’. Such is the case with our students: Jake, Humoody and Nava.

Read more at our Facebook Page.

Social Media module frames a photo of Humoody Smith leading his Dad Randy by a Tether in a fundraising run. Caption: Always by his side! Humoody and Randy run "in their shoes". We salute WAFTB student Humoody and his Dad Randy for raising awareness for the Iraqi Children Foundation.

KEEPING UP WITH HUMOODY SMITH

World Access For The Blind student Humoody Smith was busy iast Spring participating in the 5th annual ‘In Their Shoes’ 5K event in Alexandria, Virginia for the Iraqi Children Foundation.

An estimated 800k children have been orphaned over ten years of war and more than 1 million have been displaced by ISIS. Humoody himself was an early victim of the conflict after he and his Iraqi family were ambushed by insurgents. Humoody was blinded and suffered horrible wounds after being shot in the face for which he still undergoes corrective surgeries to this day.

He was airlifted for treatment in the U.S. and eventually adopted by his American sponsor family headed up by Randy and Julie Robinett Smith (WAFTB’s DONORS OF THE YEAR for 2016).

Humoody recently turned 15 (BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUMOODY!) and is now the long snapper and chief wisecracker for his school’s football team and is involved in many other sports and activities thanks to his incredible parents.

Read more at our Facebook page.

ASSIGNMENT DURHAM: STUDY RESULTS

The Science of Echolocation. Measuring the acoustic properties of our clicks. Image: Photo of WATB perceptual navigation instructor Juan Ruiz wearing sensors is superimposed against a background of colored measurement graphs from the study.

‘Seeing with Sound’ Study Chronicles the Science of Human Echolocation’

World Access For The Blind has been proud to be a research partner with Durham University in the U.K. as one of the many Academic Research programs we participate in with Dr. Lore Thaler. Read more at our Facebook Page.

“SEEING WTH SOUND” STUDY ARTICLE

WAFTB Editor’s Note: The article mentions that we can familiarize ourselves with and sketch an unfamiliar room, but fails to mention more complex outdoor environments where we can do the same. ‘This Is How Some Blind People Are Able To Echolocate Like Bats’ By Clare Wilson.

Read more at our Facebook Page.

ASSIGNMENT: FREEDOM

New Scientist Magazine interviewed WAFTB President Daniel Kish about the new ‘Seeing With Sound‘ study that he participated in at Durham University.

But the conversation didn’t end there.

Read more at our Facebook Page.

HURRICANE IRMA: EMERGENCY INFO

WAFTB Facebook Module frames a photo of blind Marine Veteran Enrique Alva being assisted by a volunteer as he's evacuated from his home in Houston just before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey. Caption: Mandatory Evacuations. How to assist blind, disabled and elderly.

As one natural disaster followed the other, World Access For The Blind provided emergency information for disabled persons living independently and anyone who might be helping them to evacuate.

Many people were following coverage of the storm on their mobile phones,so we tried to provide the most relevant information. We’ve archived the coverage of Hurricane Irma.

HURRICANE HARVEY: EMERGENCY INFO

If you are or know someone who is blind, low-vision, living with a disability or elderly and in need of help getting to safety, CALL 1-800-626-4959. 

Some news sites ands blogs are reporting that people with disabilities are being turned away from some shelters or being denied sign language interpreters.

Read more at our Facebook page.

DANIEL IN ‘PROFITABLE PRACTICE’

WAFTB Facebook Module: Image shown is a screengrab of the profile page featuring a photo of Daniel Kish walking in the foothills of mountains in Iceland. Captions read: Magazine profile of Daniel. 'Profitable Practice' in doctors' offices in U.S. and Canada.

Daniel Kish, the lead Founder and President of World Access for the Blind is a ‘notable profile’ in the summer edition of Profitable Practice.

It’s a magazine published for medical professionals in Canada and the United States, and you’ll often find a copy in the waiting area of your health care professional.

Read more at our Facebook Page.

INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS

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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.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL AND GENEROUS SUPPORT!

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