Leading the Way

Leading the Way was developed in partnership with world-renowned blind mountaineer and No Barriers Board Member Erik Weihenmayer in 2006. Leading the Way currently serves blind and visually impaired and deaf and hard of hearing youth, as well as youth with no disability. These unlikely teams of students embark on extraordinary journeys and along the way become strong teams ready to tackle whatever challenges may come. Leading the Way has been featured on ABC Nightline, World News Tonight, Travel Channel, and CBS Sunday Morning.


Your donation didn’t allow me – a deaf student – to travel to a different country…it empowered me, allowing me to grow as a leader.
Leading the Way participant 2015 
You truly allowed for me to see that “what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.”  This trip immersed me in Peru, but also allowed me to meet people my age that face the same day to day challenges.  I will forever cherish the lessons and fire that was lit within me to help make a difference in the world little by little.
Hannah, Leading the Way participant 2015


  • Leading the Way: Grand Canyon – for Blind, Visually Impaired & Sighted Youth

    Over the course of 12 days, students will journey into the heart of Grand Canyon, learning about the importance of natural sounds, participating in meaningful science, learning about career opportunities with the National Park Service, and honing their leadership strengths. At the end of this transformative expedition, students emerge as leaders ready to face personal and global barriers with passion and perseverance and inspired and equipped to be the next generation of ambassadors for the National Park Service.

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  • Leading the Way: Peru – for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth

    This unique opportunity brings together students who are deaf and hard of hearing from across the U.S. to travel and meet deaf students in Peru. The expedition consists of students from the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf and is also open to students who are deaf or hard of hearing across the U.S. to apply to join. Two American Sign Language interpreters will accompany the group so this program is open to students who use communication modes from ASL to listening and spoken language.

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