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.

HURRICANE IRMA – EMERGENCY RESOURCES FOR PERSONS WITH SENSORY OR OTHER DISABILITIES

LINK: Image: Persons with special needs line-up to board evacuation buses in Georgia. Captions: IRMA: Special Needs We've compiled emergency info for - and for assisting - persons with disabilities in the path of hurricane Irma. Tips to shelter-in-place | How to evacuate | What to take to, and expect from, a shelter. Click to go to the page.
Photo: Daniel Kish moves a flatboard towards his face while making a shooshing sound onstage at TED2015 in Vancouver. Caption: Our vision is sound.
Our Method Is Science. Computer graphic of the brain shows the visual cortex and surrounding area 'lit up' in different colors.
Photo: Brian Bushway stands with three students in Belize. Caption: Our Results Change Lives.
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.

WEBSITE DIRECTORY

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 16 years.

We’re a group of blind and sighted professionals dedicated to teaching blind people of all ages to see with sound. 

This, along with our pioneering high-performance Perception Cane training, gives blind persons the skills to become more self- confident, self-reliant and self-directed, for a life of purpose, achievement, and the dignity of independent Perceptual Freedom.

WHO WE ARE. Photo: WAFTB Perceptual Navigation Instructor Brian Bushway leads a group of coaching students in Bangkok, Thailand.
WHAT WE DO. Photo: WAFTB President Daniel Kish stands with a group of students on bicycles with their Perception Navigation canes raised high in an 'All for one and one for all' salute.
HOW TO HELP. Image: iPhone set against a backdrop of social media names shows the donation page for WAFTB at PayPal Giving Fund where you can make a donation by credit card without having to have a PayPal account.

OUR TEAM

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!

Daniel Kish. Image: Daniel stands between a rock formation in Iceland.
Brian Bushway. Image: Brian cycles in a Los Angeles park.
Photo: Juan Ruiz appearing on Don Franscisco Presenta. Link to his page.
J. Steele-Louchart. Image: Photo of J.
TED. Ideas worth spreading. Daniel Kish: How I use sonar to navigate the world. Videlink shows Daniel onstage at TED. This video has 1 million, 1 hundred 5 thousand, one hundred and three total views.

WHAT WE DO: Services Directory

Services: Individuals: Blindness Living Skills & Perceptual Navigation. IMage: Photo of Daniel Kish and student Humoody SMith pictured against the Los Angeles skyline.
Services: Groups: Coaching, Navigation and Recreation workshops. Image: Photo shows WAFTB Perceptual Navigation Instructor Brian Bushway at the center of a large group at a recreation workshop.
Services: Education: Classes, Science Fairs, Special Ed Consulting. Image: Photo shows WAFTB's Brian Bushway with three students at a school in the Los Angeles Area standing in front of a WAFTB Banner in their classroom.
Services: Enterprise: Brain Activation Workshops, Keynotes and more. Image. Photo shows Daniel Kish delivering a keynote address at a large corporate gathering in New York City.
Services: Media: Appearances, Blindness Content Consulting. Image: Photo of Daniel Kish at the launch of a movie he consulted for in India.
Services: Tech: App/Ddevice Consulting, Keynotes, Research. Image: Photo of Daniel Kish onstage at TED.

HOW TO HELP: Make an Individual or Corporate Donation below & share across Social Media

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.

MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL DONATION

Make a secure donation now via PayPal Giving Fund. There are No Fees, so that means 100 percent of your donation goes to World Access For The Blind. If you're donating by credit card, you'll be asked to register a PayPal account if you don't have one already with a simple email address and password. Click here to donate viaPayPal Giving Fund, and Thank You for your contribution.
Pay by credit card or with Apple or Android Pay. Click here to donate via Square.

MAKE A CORPORATE ENTERPRISE DONATION

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 FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL SUPPORT!

Promo Banner. Poster reads: Ethan David Loch. Music in Lanark. Charity Concert in support of World Access For The Blind.Photo: Ethan David Loch performs in front of an audience in Lanark, Scotland. Captions read: Playing it Forward. 13 year old blind musical prodigy wants to share what he's learned fromus with other blind children. Be wowed by Ethan's 'Impromptu Masterpiece' and congtribute to the 'Standing Ovation Donation'.

MEDIA DIRECTORY

OUR PEOPLE AND RESULTS ARE WORLD RENOWNED

Whether as the ‘real-life Bat Man’, or as co-stars with over 25 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.
NEWS: 'Blind' Review. Should a sighted actor play a blind man? WAFTB's Brian Bushway reviews that and 'Blind'. Image: Video still-frame shows Brian Bushway standing next to a theater lobby poster for the movie 'Blind'.

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