Bill Barkeley

deaf-blind adventurer, advocate & storyteller (public speaker)


Bill is a deaf-blind adventurer & public speaker (storyteller) that speaks and does adventure projects to people around the world - disabled or not - on building a pioneering, adventuring spirit and overcoming the challenges in their lives.  Bill's work is about helping others get to a better place in this world and paying it forward in a life that has been rich beyond his wildest imagination.

Bill's groundbreaking climb covered on Good Morning America was to share a personal journey about building a life within the context of your abilities and disabilities.  He is a pioneer with assistive technologies for the hearing and vision impaired and the deaf-blind. 

Bill is one of 15,000 in the United States and 100,000 in the world with Usher's Syndrome which progressively robs its victims of both hearing and vision over the course of their lifetime.   

See why in many ways he believes that it may be the best thing that ever happened to him.   

Barriers are real.

That said, we can overcome and transcend them.

I do adventures because I want to do them.  Not because someone told me I couldn't, shouldn't or want to.  I do not propose to do adventures the same was as "able-bodied" people.  I like to think of myself as a person with an unusual mind and body.  I see and envision a world of "No Barriers" where any person can have transformative life experiences that empowers them to take on the barriers in one's life and discover the potential that lies within themselves and the world. 

"What's within you is stronger than what's in your way." - No Barriers USA

First Deaf-Blind Ascent - Mount Kilimanjaro

First Deaf-Blind Ascent - Mount Kilimanjaro

Hear The World Deaf Kids Expedition to Amazon

Hear The World Deaf Kids Expedition to Amazon

Boston Marathon finish w/ my 3 sons

Boston Marathon finish w/ my 3 sons

Inspire Others.

I do epic adventures to get the word out about the great assistive technologies and resources that are becoming available in the 21st century.  

Barriers are real. One can realize that a rich and fulfilling life is possible if we adopt a mindset to transcend and overcome them.  By inspiring and aspiring to new heights, skills or experiences, those with physical challenges can set high bars and define themselves rather than the other way around.

Help Others.

Epic adventures are not about testosterone-inducing athletic feats.

It is about leading the way and helping others to a rich a fulfilling life.  By helping others (as others have helped me) on my life's journey,  I have become stronger and more confident.  Hope is knowing that any step (large or small) opens one's door to opportunity, potential and possibilities.

There is no question that I will continue to slip further and further into darkness and silence as a deaf-blind person. But knowing that I can make a difference for others (like others who have gone before me) is one of life's greatest rewards.  By having faith in yourself, friends, family and community and then combining that with the power of the human spirit - many things are possible.