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.   

First Glimpse of Pope Francis

We have been invited to the special private audience for the deaf and/or blind on Saturday!

Our wish came true to be a part of the first ever papal meeting directly with the deaf and/or blind. The special event takes place this Saturday at 12 noon in Rome!

Thanks to all for the support, prayers and encouragement that this meeting would really happen.

Here is my first picture of him today as he drove by in the Pope Mobile :).

Who says blind people can't take photographs? Just click and hope for the best!