No Barriers Life

The Beginning

As a student at the age of 13, Erik Weinhenmayer lost his vision to a medical condition called retinoschisis. Determined to excel beyond his diagnosis Erik graduated from Boston University with a double major and went on to teach and inspire students at the Phoenix Country Day School.

With a drive to inspire a larger population of students, Erik was determined to go where no other blind or visually impaired individual had gone before.  On May 25, 2001 Erik Weihenmayer became the only blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.

Through this transformational journey, Erik co-founded not merely an organization, but rather a movement called No Barriers.

Every student, visually impaired or not, has goals to set and achieve and barriers to address and overcome. Every No Barriers Youth travel participant is encouraged to reflect on their strengths and weakness, to confront and break through barriers, and to make an impact as a globally minded leader who serves.

The No Barriers Life elements, designed by Erik Weinhenmayer, provide the scalable framework for the No Barriers Life curriculum available to educators to infuse into their itinerary to help foster a community of curious, brave, and proactive global citizens.

No Barriers Life Curriculum

The No Barriers Life Elements and Curriculum create a customizable framework which integrates education, field experiences, and community building into a comprehensive educational travel program. The No Barriers Life curriculum, utilizing classroom lesson plans, experiential learning activities, and structured reflection opportunities is designed to inspire student’s to break through barriers, address global issues, and give their absolute best to the world.