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TEACHING BLIND PERSONS TO SEE IN A NEW WAY - TEACHING SIGHTED PERSONS TO SEE THE BLIND IN A NEW WAY Since the year 2000, our Mission has been to teach blind persons to 'see with sound' and to facilitate the self-directed growth and achievement of persons with any form of blindness at any age, as well as to increase public awareness about the strengths and capabilities of blind people across the United States and around the world. World Access for the Blind strives to improve the quality of interaction between blind and sighted people by facilitating equal access to the world’s resources and opportunities. We are interested in more than meeting the minimum requirements for functioning and life satisfaction. We believe in mutual respect, consideration, and accommodation of blind and sighted people by society. We expect to see the blind population, en masse, rise to levels of productive participation and achievement to compare with those of sighted people.
ACHIEVING PERCEPTUAL FREEDOM THROUGH PERCEPTUAL NAVIGATION
We have developed and demonstrate a modern, holistic approach to blind movement and navigation that we call Perceptual Navigation, which greatly improves upon traditional methods and paradigms. This more modern approach draws from cutting edge science of human perception and action.
It is based on a philosophy of No Limits, and on a new paradigm of self-directed discovery and freedom first. We are pioneering a new approach to delivering these strategies more broadly and economically. We are also helping to mobilize resources, facilitate collaborations, and provide specialized expertise in nonvisual human perception to guide and focus the development of more effective, respectful, and forward thinking strategies and technologies to expand nonvisual capabilities.
Finally, we have been executing a global public awareness campaign to bring to the attention of the general public, at all levels, the true challenges faced by blind people, as well as the true strengths, achievements, and capabilities possible for blind people.