Leading the Way

Developed in partnership with world-renowned blind mountaineer and Board member Erik Weihenmayer, our Leading the Way program unites students on incredible adventures around the world. Participants gain unparalleled skills as leaders who focus on building a shared vision, encouraging independence and teamwork, learning from mistakes, questioning assumptions, promoting trust and embracing adversity.

2015 Program Details 

Leading the Way: Peru

In 2010, Board Member and deaf-blind adventurer Bill Barkeley, worked with Erik Weihenmayer to grow Leading the Way to include programs for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Bill Barkeley has climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, and travels as a motivational speaker to inspire others. This Leading the Way program allows students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing from all over the country to join together for a life-changing program.


Dates: August 9 - 17, 2015

Location: Cusco, Peru and Machu Picchu

Ages: 14 - 21

Cost: $3,110 + roundtrip airfare to Lima, Peru.  (We are working on securing funding for this program to help offset the cost.  We encourage everyone who is eligible to apply regarless of cost.)

Eligible Students: Deaf and Hard of Hearing

We're no longer accepting applications for our 2015 Leading The Way: Peru program. Stay tuned for information about 2016 programs!



Leading the Way: Science in the Grand Canyon

Since 2009, this program has united students with mixed abilities, pairing blind and visually impaired students for incredible adventures. All participants learn the adaptive skills necessary to fulfill their roles as members of a diverse team striving to accomplish a common goal.

Dates: July 13 -  24, 2015

Location: Upper Half of the Grand Canyon

Ages: 15 - 19

Cost:  $1,225 + travel to Phoenix, AZ.  Due to generous funding from the National Park Service's Natural Sound & Night Skies Division (NSNSD), this program has been partially offset from its original price.

Eligible Students: Blind, Visually Impaired and Sighted

Apply HereAlthough this program is currently full, we are still accepting applications for alternate positions.

Ideal candidates demonstrate leadership experience and leadership potential in their application. For more information, contact Kaitlyn Millen, Specialty Programs Coordinator at kaitlyn.millen@nobarriersusa.org.


Nominate a Student:

If you know a student who would be interested in either of the two Leading the Way programs, we would love for you to nominate a student here!