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The graphic shows the World Access For the Blind (WAFTB) logo at the top that depicts Daniel Kish in the foreground as a black silhouette walking while wearing a backpack and using his extended navigation cane set against a gradient orange sonar wave in the background in front of a grey reflection sonar wave. The text World Access For The Blind is in black and the sub-line in smaller text is in gradient orange to match the sonar wave, and reads: Our Vision Is Sound. Spaced underneath is a gradient orange wide rectangular box with the white text: We invite you to join us in our upcoming fundraising event. The Alcon logo in a deep blue color sits below that above the grey silhouettes of 5 cyclists spaced from left to right.The cyclist in the center is colored orange. There is a blue silhouette of a woman walking in the foreground of the left side and young boy or girl (long hair) in blue silhouette running on the right side of the cyclists in the foreground. The blue silhouettes match the color of the Alcon logo and the text below in the same blue in thick capital letters reads: Walk, Run Or Ride For Blind Mobility. Below that sits another gradient orange rectangular box with the text in white that reads: All proceeds to support World Access For The Blind programs. Symetrically spaced below that is the blue colored text: 9AM Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at Alcon Lake Forest, CA. Below this graphic you will find a link that will take you to our page where you can sign-up for this event. You can choose to skip the repetition of the alternative text for this graphic on the sign-up page. We've placed it there for the benefit of our blind friends who may have linked directly to the sign up page. We hope you'll join us and consider a donation towards this event and our thanks to everyone at Alcon for their support.

Click Here To Register For The Event




"While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done." - Helen Keller

WE ARE:
-Activators of Change
-Champions of Freedom
-Blind Discoverers
-Challengers of Limits
-Modern Scientists

David Tseng, a completely-blind former student, navigates mountain biking through the use of FlashSonar. David has gone on to graduate from UC-Berkeley with degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and is now a software engineer at Google.

Our Mission

World Access for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization that facilitates the self-directed achievement of people with all forms of blindness, and increases public awareness about the strengths and capabilities of blind people.

Video: Catch a Glimpse of What We Do

We have helped nearly 10,000 students in nearly 40 countries. We are a dedicated team who lead by example , as most of us are blind! Our unique, scientific method teaches blind people to see in new ways by activating the brain to gain images of the world through sound and touch - like lighting a match in the dark. We are known for our No Limits attitude, as we do not settle for the minimum requirements of functioning, but instead challenge ourselves and our students to reach beyond their limits. Our students understand that they can direct their own lives rich with quality, promise, and as much excitement and intrigue as they could wish for. By our approach, blind people can grow from being passive recipients, often marginalized and restricted, to active contributors free to achieve a quality of life of their own choosing. Through your generous support, we help more blind children and adults globally to improve their quality of life, to challenge poverty and social isolation, and to find freedom to realize their dreams.

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Picture 1: Daniel Kish, President of World Access for the Blind, leads a group of blind hikers. Recreational activities such as hiking are a valuable way for the blind to build confidence, improve their navigation skills, and fully participate in society. (Photo by: Volker Correll) Picture 2: Our instructor Brian Bushway works with 12-year-old student Jake Olson to help him navigate his neighborhood and to adjust to recently losing his vision. Jake is a strong and inspiring young man who was featured on ESPN