World Access For The Blind logo. Hashtag Blind Not Broken. It's the misperceptions about blind persons that need fixing. We teach blind persons to see with sound. Meet some of them and then help us to reach more. Link arrow. Photo shows Daniel Kish and helmeted students on bicycles raising their full-length navigation canes in the air in an 'all for one and one for all' gesture.
Our Vision Is Sound. Daniel Kish moves a flatboard towards his face while making a shooshing sound onstage at a TED conference.
Our Method Is Science. Computer graphic of the brain shows the visual cortex and surrounding area 'lit up' in different colors.
Our Results Change Lives. World Access For The Blind Perceptual Navigation Instructor Brian Bushway stands with three students in Belize.
It's all about a 'click and a stick'. The ‘click’, we call FlashSonar™, a more technically refined form of echolocation. The ‘stick’ is a carbon-fiber cane that unfolds or telescopes to what we call ‘full-length’ - much longer than the original white canes for blind persons. For over 15 years, World Access For The Blind has used both to teach advanced orientation and mobility using what we call ‘Perceptual Navigation’ to over 10,000 blind persons, their families, instructors, and interested members of their communities across the United States and in over 40 other countries. Image represents a side silhouette of Daniel Kish walking against a backdrop of echoing FlashSonar rings.
The adaptability of the human brain. Our work with academic research bodies around the world has shone more light on the ‘plasticity’ of the human brain and how it can adapt to a loss of sight. We’ve discovered the auditory echoes from our FlashSonar™ clicks light-up parts of the brain’s Visual Cortex normally used to see, like striking a match in the dark, enabling blind persons to ‘see’ with sound. We’ve integrated this with data from our pioneering work in early childhood cane research to evolve standard Orientation and Mobility to a whole new level. Same background as previous module.
Achieving Perceptual Freedom. Our innovative approach enables blind persons to achieve unprecedented freedom from ‘old school’ methods that were largely unchanged from the past century, resulting in an endless cycle of dependency, passivity and indignity. For some blind persons, orientation & mobility training is almost non-existent in many regions of the world, leaving them tragically immobile, isolated and dependent. This is totally unnecessary. With your financial help, we can ‘liberate’ many of them to work toward enriched lives of self-direction and dignity. Same silhouette background as previous two modules.
Who We Are. Image: WAFTB Perceptual Navigation Instructor Brian Bushway leads a group of blind students in Bangkok, Thailand.
What We Do. Image: WAFTB President leads blind cyclists in an 'all for one and one for all' salute with their canes.
How To Help. Image: Participants run, walk and ride to raise funds for World Access For The Blind.

WHO WE ARE (Preview)

WE’RE A GLOBALLY-RESPECTED U.S. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit registered in the State of California, and we’ve been changing lives for over 15 years.

We’re a group of blind and sighted professionals dedicated to facilitating the self-directed achievement and ‘Perceptual Freedom’ of people of all ages with all forms and levels of blindness so they can liberate themselves from marginalization and isolation, and live fulfilling lives of purpose, contribution, achievement, and dignity.

Daniel Kish. Image: Daniel stands between a rock formation in Iceland.
Brian Bushway. Image: Brian cycles in a Los Angeles park.
Juan Ruiz. Box link banner shows World Access For The Blind Perceptual Navigation Instructor Juan Ruiz appearing on Don Franscisco Presenta.
J. Steele-Louchart. Image: Photo of J.

OUR EXPERT INSTRUCTORS WALK THE TALK

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

LIGHT-UP THEIR WORLD!

WHAT WE DO (Preview)

Text Banner Reads: Our Services: Personal, Group, Academic, Enterprise, Media, Tech. Our range of services helps individual families, companies and more to adapt to blindness in a positive way. Personal: Counseling, Guidance and Training based on the evaluated needs of the student. Group: FlashSonar workshops for blind and sighted students/families/instructor trainees. Academic: Advisory consulting services for Auditory & Vision research; School lectures. Enterprise: Accessibility (ADA) consulting, FlashSonar workshops, Keynote Speakers. Media: Expert consultants for Movies/TV; Keynote Speakers, Guests for Talk TV/Radio. Tech: Consulting services available for testing and evaluating Assistive tech apps and devices.
Personal. Image: Brian Bushway works one-on-one with student Jake Olson.
Group. Image. WAFTB Perceptual Navigation Instructors stand with workshop students at No Barriers conference.
Academic. Image: WAFTB President Daniel Kish enters an MRI machine at a German University.
Enterprise. Photo of WAFTB President Daniel Kish speaking to a packed house at Foothold Technology's Cultivating Growth Expo 2016 In New York City.
Media. Image: World Access For The Blind President Daniel Kish sits between the director, and Vikram, the star of the Tamil film Vhaandavam on which Daniel consulted.
Tech. Image: WAFTB President Daniel Kish speaks onstage at a global TED Conference.

OUR CLASSROOM IS AMERICA AND THE WORLD

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.

Our photo grid shows two rows of photos from our work in various countries. In order left to right they are Canada: Ted Conference. Daniel Kish, WAFTB President is a Top Ten TED Talk for TED2015. Photo shows Daniel onstage at TED Vancouver. USA: Recreational Clinics - Giving blind children a chance to play using adaptive sports. Photo shows students with instructors on a soccer field with the balls wrapped in plastic bags to give an audible reference to their position. UK: Advocacy for Lily-Grace. Speaking up on behalf of 7 year-old blind girl and her cane rights. Photo shows WAFTB President Daniel Kish standing with participants of a walk in support of Lily-Grace Hooper in Bristol, England. USA: The Road Lies Ahead - Michigan camp with BlindVision teaching Perceptual Navigation. Second row starts with Australia: Personal & Groups. Presented in partnership with our WAFTB Australia affiliate. Belize: Group Workshops - Introducing the larger scope of navigation through FlashSonar. Photo shows WAFTB Perceptual Navigation Instructor Brian Bushway walking with students in a cave. Chile: Group Workshops - Students and Instructors learn the benefits of FlashSonar. Photo shows WAFTB President Daniel Kish and WAFTB Perceptual Navigation Instructor Juan Ruiz standing with instructors and students. Croatia: Instructor Clinics - Our first WAFTB-Certified FlashSonar instructors in the EU. Photo shows WAFTB Perceptual Navigation Instructors Brian Bushway (left) and Juan Ruiz (right) with their Instructor/Students.

OUR PEOPLE AND RESULTS ARE WORLD RENOWNED

Whether as the ‘real-life Bat Man’, or as co-stars with over 24 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.

World Access For The Blind Media. Online, Print, Radio, TV, Video. Our FlashSonar clicks have echoed across all major media platforms worldwide. Image: Collection of network logos are blended with online 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.

SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR MEDIA REPORTS

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.

PREMIERE: “KISH” |Daniel Kish is profiled on Great Big Story | CNN Films

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