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.   

2011 Adventure Team Challenge

In 2011, Bill’s adventure projects kept him busy.  He climbed Mount Quandary with Erik Weihenmayer and Jordan Romero (youngest person to climb Mt. Everest), competed in the World T.E.A.M Sports - Adventure Team Challenge ( ), hosted the No Barriers USA Summit 2011 for 600 attendees ( ) and led his second Hear the World Expedition.