Mike Walsh

Founder and Executive Director
Chairman of the Board

Mike Walsh was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome Type 2C around his 20th birthday. However, his symptoms did not start to affect his life for another ten years. Upon his 35th birthday he chose not to renew his driver’s license and a new life began. A few years later in 2014, with the help of friends, social media talent, and a sense of adventure, Flight for Sight was born. He traveled the world and raised awareness about vision issues. In 2019, he met Rosalie Chandler, who helped him believe that Flight for Sight could be turned into a nonprofit. A pandemic and a few years later Flight for Sight was officially a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the dream of giving others the opportunity that Mike had.

Mike worked for New York City public schools from 2016 – 2022. He worked a ranged of grades from K-12, which has included students with autism and emotional disturbance. Mike has also lived extensively in Colorado and Wisconsin. In Colorado, he was a professional mascot for ten years for various teams. In Wisconsin, he was a board member and helped Social Media Breakfast Madison form into an official nonproft. He was also the first person hired to focus on social media at the Wisconsin Athletics department. In 2022, he played for Team USA – Blind Baseball and won a bronze medal at the WBSC International Blind Baseball Cup. Today, Mike is excited to be living in New York City and building Flight for Sight.