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Succeed Without Sight Summit

Welcome to the only global, virtual event of its kind  ignites an entire community to come together to inspire action to change perceptions of blindness, arm those impacted by blindness with tools to thrive, connect industry leaders with the consumers that need their products – and have a heck of a lot of fun in the process!

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Join us at the succeed without sight summit 11/13/21

70% of blind adults are unemployed
70% of blind high school students do not graduate
Only 14% earn a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
These horrific statistics can be changed for the better, much better. With the right beliefs and perceptions about blindness, combined with access to resources and mentors, those that are blind and visually impaired succeed in school and find employment, just like their sighted peers.

Blindness is never funny.
However, at the The Succeed Without Sight Summit we have a lot of fun
as we change how YOU see blindness and ignite YOUR journey to THRIVE!

You see blindness as devastating.

You are scared for your or your child’s future.

You wonder what is even possible for a blind person to do.

The Succeed Without Sight Summit introduces you to people that are thriving with blindness to hear their inspirational stories and reveal key strategies to their success. 

It connects you to other families walking your walk and to resources you need to succeed without sight. 

A Message from our Summit Kickoff Speakers, Two Blind Brothers:

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Summit Sponsors

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Who Hosts the Succeed Without Sight Summit?

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The Summit is hosted by Kristin Smedley and the Thriving Blind Academy.

Thriving Blind Academy is the connection for those experiencing sight loss to the resources they need to thrive. The mission of the Thriving Blind Academy is to guide all families experiencing vision loss to not just survive the diagnosis, but to thrive. The TBA membership program’ connects those experiencing vision loss, either themselves or their child/ family member, to tools, resources, mentors AND each other to inspire a Thriving Blind attitude AND provide weekly opportunities to connect and grow.

The Succeed Without Sight Summit is a FREE EVENT that supports scholarships for families and individuals to join Thriving Blind Academy.

While the Summit is one of the most inspirational and motivational events folks have ever experienced, the goal of it is to ignite families and individuals to take action to succeed without sight by joining the Thriving Blind Academy. Learn more about TBA here.

"Kristin takes something that is scary for some--perhaps many, and creates a safe space where people can come and talk and learn and share, and where the energy stays positive and practical."

-Ron Brooks, TBA Mentor, Succeed Without Sight Summit Speaker

Key components of the summit


Registration is FREE. Get the VIP upgrade to access recordings of the live presentations/discussions, attend private Q&A sessions and receive bonus give-a-ways. Thriving Blind Academy Members receive the VIP upgrade for free! Learn about TBA membership here. Registration to attend the summit opens on July 1st
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All sponsorship dollars fund scholarships for families and individuals to join the Thriving Blind Academy Membership Program, a year long program that connects those impacted by blindness to the tools, resources and mentors they need to thrive.
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Summit Speakers are by invitation only. If you would like to be a speaker or would like to refer an extraordinary speaker, please send an email to and put “Summit Speaker” in the subject line. Include a brief overview of the speaker and why he/she will be an asset to the Summit and the Thriving Blind Community.
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Can't make it? Register as a VIP and you will have access to the recordings of all sessions!

The Recordings from the 2020 Summit are Available and Include Presentations from:

Summit MAIN EVENT Part 1. Speakers include:

  • Kirk Adams, CEO American Foundation for the Blind
  • Dave Steele, the Blind Poet
  • Morten Bonde, LEGO Corporation and Author Of Sentenced to Blindness: Now What?
  • Michelle Whitman, Asset Based Consulting
  • Michael Smedley, Jr, PENN STATE student, Co-Host Jigsaw Politics Podcast
  • Ron Brooks, Transit Industry Professional
  • Daniel Lubiner,

Summit MAIN EVENT Part 2. Speakers include:

  • Stephanae McCoy & Nasreen Bhutta, Bold Blind Beauty
  • Orly Shamir, Blind Culinary Artist
  • Jill Dolgin, AGTC (Spotlight Sponsor)
  • Clarke Reynolds, Blind Artist
  • Mike May & Good Maps (Spotlight Sponsor)
  • Education Panel featuring Kim Owens (Navigating Blindness) Kathy Nimmer (Teacher of the Year) Kaleigh Brendel (High School Student, Award Winning Advocate)

Hear From our community + attendees