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.
We bring Perceptual Freedom to Thailand via FlashSonar and full-length canes. Image shows WAFTB Instructors standing with the Administration, staff and students of the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand.
WAFTB Student Earns UK Composing Honors. Image: Alexia Sloane works at her Braille reader.
WAFTB Student Wins Awarrd The The Vatican. Image: Ethan David Loch accepts the award from a Cardinal.
Brian Bushway On 'Explain Things To Me'. Image: Brian in the studio with the show hosts.
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.
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 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.
Text banner reads: Our Expert Instructors Walk The Talk. Our Perceptual Navigation Instructors 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.
Daniel Kish. Image: Daniel stands between a rock formation in Iceland.
Brian Bushway. Image: Brian cycles in a Los Angeles park.
J. Steele-Louchart. Image: Photo of J.
Whether as the ‘real-life Bat Man’, or as co-stars with over 20 million views in X Ambassadors’ ‘Renegades’ video, WAFTB’s FlashSonar™ clicks have echoed to over 2 billion global viewers via top international TV & Radio networks, including ABC, BBC, CBC, CBS, CNN, CTV, Discovery, Fox, GlobalTV, NatGeo, NBC, Nine Network, and many more.
Large video thumbnail shows Daniel Kish walking up a green hill in Scotland behind Ethan Loch. The text banner reads: BBC: The One Show: Daniel Kish Helps A Prodigy Find His Way With Flash Sonar Echolocation. CLick on the banner to go to the video.
Video Thumbnail for Inside Edition shows World Access For The Blind President Daniel Kish being interviewed by Jim Moret in downtown Long Beach, California. CLick on the thumbnail to go to the video.
Video thumbnail shows a wide shot of the TED2015 global conference in Vancouver with the audience in the foreground and Daniel Kish onstage flanked by two large screens in the background. Click the thumbnail to go to the video at TED.
YouTube video thumbnail shows Daniel Kish onstage at the 2013 TEDx Gateway talk in Mumbai, India. Click the thumbnail to go to the video on YouTube.
Daniel Kish: TEDX Observer London, England in 2012.
YouTube video thumbnail shows World Access For The Blind President Daniel Kish on stage in front of the audience in the background at the 2011 TEDx SOCal event in Long Beach, California. Click the thumbnail to watch the video on YouTube.
Video thumbnail shows World Access For The Blind Perceptual Navigation Instructor Brian Bushway training participants in an episode of National Geographic's 'You Can't Lick Your Own Elbow. Click on the thumbnail to go to the video.
Video Thumbnail from CNN's Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows an image of World Access For The Blind Perceptual Navigation Instructor Brian Bushway from behind with an outgoing red-colored flash Sonar wave and a green colored echo wave in the episode 'Seeing with Sound'. Click the thumbnail to see and hear the video at CNN.
Video thumbnail of World Access For The Blind Perceptual Navigation Instructor Brian Bushway working with forensic artist Melissa Cooper on the Discovery Channel. Click here to see and hear the video on YouTube.
Video thumbnail shows a closeup from the left side of World Access For The Blind Perceptual Navigation Instructor J Steele-Louchart wearing sunglasses and a woolen cap with an image of a light blue sound wave superimposed over the image. Click on the thumbnail to see and hear and excerpt from "Freaks of Nature" which was broadcast on the Weather Channel.

WE TEACH BLIND PERSONS TO SEE WITH SOUND

When it’s a beautiful day, our students ‘see’ it in a new way.

Our scientifically-proven FlashSonar™ echolocation lights-up the brain’s Visual Cortex – the part normally used for seeing – with audible spatial feedback, like sparks in the dark lighting-up the surrounding environment.

We operate entirely on donations.

Be the spark of opportunity by donating towards a FlashSonar™ Tuition Scholarship for a blind child, teen or adult,

so we can teach them to

 LIGHT-UP THEIR WORLD!

Daniel Kish, President, World Access For The Blind. Two Masters Degrees in Special Education and Developmental Psychology. First blind person to achieve both COMS and NOMC Teaching Certification in Orientation and Mobility. Daniel Kish. Blind, Not Broken.
Ethan David Loch, 12 year old piano prodigy/composer. First blind student accepted to Edinburgh's prestigious St. Mary's Music School. Two-time winner at the Glasgow Music Festival; Overall winner Giuseppe Sciacca `Award; World Access For The Blind FlashSonar student. Logo: World Access for the Blind, Our Vision is Sound. Help fix misperceptions | Please donate at waftb.org. Photo shows Ethan playing the piano.
Brian Bushway, Perceptual Navigation Instructor, World Access For The Blind. M.A. Special Education, B.A. Speech Communications, Minor in Non-Profit Management. World Access For The Blind FlashSonar graduate.
16 year-old award-winning Composer, Linguist, Poet and Writer. Cambridge Young Composer of the Year 2016. Composer with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. World Access For The Blind FlashSonar Student.
Iraq terrorism survivor; In gifted academic program in Math And science and hopes to study at Harvard. Sports nut: Wrestles competitively, plays football and loves to ice skate. World Access For The Blind FlashSonar Student. Image shows Humoody in a Seattle Seahawks T-SHirt with a blue cap worn backwards.
Artist at LauraMeddens.com, Co-Founder of Abled.com; Raised two children while visually-impaired. Former World Access For The Blind FlashSonar Student.
J. Steele-Louchart, Perceptual Navigation Coach, World Access For The Blind, Activational Workshop Leader. Co-Author 'Beginner's Guide To Echolocation'. World Access For The Blind FlashSonar Graduate.
Julee-anne Bell, Blind Not Broken, Managing Director, World Access For The Blind Australia, M.A. Choral Conducting; Vocal teacher, Soloist, Publlic Speaker; Mother of two boys. World Access For The Blind Flash Sonar Student.
Program Specialist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Commissioned Officer U.S. Air Forve Auxiliary; First blind mission-rated Communications Officer; World Access For The Blind Student. Iimage shows a photo of John Pak speaking at TEDX Cambridge.
8 year-old student, dancer, model, Brownie, Disability Rights Advocate. Lily-grace gave a speech at the United Nations and danced at #10 Downing street. She's the poster girl for U.K.'s Project Brailler.
David Tseng, Software Engineer who has worked at Apple, Google and Microsoft; Degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from UC Berkeley; World Access For The Blind FlashSonar Student.
Shawn Marsolais, Founder of BlindBeginnings.ca; Paralympian in Tandem Cycling, Set 3 past Canadian Swimming Records, M.A. Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. World Access For The Blind FlashSonar Student.

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