Founder and Executive Director
July 12, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aira Sponsors Flight for Sight
NEW YORK, NY – Visual interpreting service Aira has donated minutes to be used by Flight for Sight’s 2023 grant recipients on their journeys. Flight for Sight awarded three $10,000 travel grants this past June and the winners are already planning and embarking on their adventures. Having access to Aira will allow them to more easily navigate unfamiliar locations along the way.
“We want to give our grant winners the opportunity to use the latest blind technologies. This is a really wonderful benefit Aira is providing them,” said Mike Walsh, Founder and Executive Director of Flight for Sight. “We hope this will be the first of many partnerships with organizations that share our mission to make travel accessible to individuals who are blind or have low vision.”
Aira is a California based company founded in 2015 that provides live, human-to-human assistance via its app and the user’s smartphone camera. Professional trained agents are available to describe surroundings, read signage, provide directions, locate places or items, and anything else someone with a visual impairment may need. This is a great way to give travelers independence and confidence.
Speaking with grant winner Brian Fischler on the new Flight for Sight podcast, Aira’s new Vice President of Blindness Initiatives Everette Bacon stated, “We are really happy to help as you go and explore your new places.”
Many public places including airports, transit systems, and museums provide Aira at no cost. Flight for Sight winners will be testing Aira in additional locations like baseball stadiums and concert venues and including their findings in videos and blogs they create as part of their travel grants. Learn more about Aira online at aira.io and stay tuned to Flight for Sight’s socials for updates on our current cohort of travelers as they put Aira to use.
About Flight for Sight:
Flight for Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Mike Walsh in 2021 with the mission of giving individuals who are blind or have low vision the opportunity to explore the world, engage with others, and educate people about their lifestyles and experiences. Mike was diagnosed with Usher syndrome in 1997. By 2014, his vision had deteriorated to the point where he was no longer driving and used a cane to get around. He launched a social media campaign to crowdsource ideas of places he should see before his vision became any worse. Along the way he conducted interviews with other people experiencing vision loss and created a blog. He established Flight for Sight to give others the chance to take a meaningful trip and produce educational content to advance the understanding of blindness and vision impairment. Flight for Sight is online at www.flightforsight.net.