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Blind Students are Developing Non-Visual Skills with Vibravision in Ogden Utah

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What if there was a way to help the blind easily find their way around their environment using only their senses? Shouldn’t this service be available to as many visually impaired individuals as possible? Fortunately, there is a program that allows people to observe their surroundings without the use of sight. And, with MP USA’s help, blind students are developing non-visual skills with Vibravision in Ogden Utah. Let’s take a closer look at this program.

What Is Vibravision?

For centuries, Merpati Putih was only available to members of the Indonesian Royal Family, their guards, and the army. Then, in the 1960s, it was given to the people so that they might protect themselves. Vibravision is just one of the Merpati Putih disciplines. Five MP members in East Jakarta began training in Vibravision in 1989. Mas Budi, one of the royal heirs to the MP knowledge performed the training and soon moved on to help blind individuals learn the skill.

Today, even Kopassus, the Indonesian Army’s Special Forces, learn Vibravision as part of their training to help with “seeing” at night. And, for decades, now, Vibravision has been used to help blind people find their way. This orientation and mobility method has revolutionized how visually impaired individuals interact with the natural world.

How MP USA Is Using Vibravision to Help the Blind

Vibravision first came to America in 1999 thanks to MP USA founders Nate and Mike Zeleznick. The trip was widely covered by the media. After the demonstration, the Zeleznick brothers went to work training in the art, and after years of practice, they were granted permission to teach Vibravision. Their studio, MP USA, is the only place in the Western Hemisphere where you can learn the discipline.

At MP USA, we help the blind and those who are losing their sight by awakening and enhancing perception through the use of Vibravision. We believe this practice has the ability to open up a new era of understanding of what the mind is capable of. This precise application of MP only available in Ogden, Utah has received validation from representatives at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, a state senator, blind people, optometrists, and a medical doctor.

When preparing this blog post, we talked to two blind students who had completed the immersion course. Both reported that Vibravision changed their lives and that it is much different from traditional non-visual skills. They are growing their spatial awareness and mobility as they practice on a regular basis. For instance, as they apply their mind’s eye to scan their space, they are finding it easier to find what they need, reach for car handles, move around, and locate door knobs.

How to Get Involved

There are three Vibravision courses available to blind individuals:

Weekend Introduction – If you are curious about seeing what Vibravision has to offer without committing to an immersion course, there is a 16-hour-long weekend course.

1-Week Immersion – Sight-impaired individuals receive food, lodging, a DVD of the event, a uniform, and certificate of completion in this course that takes place over five and a half days.

1-Month Immersion – This program perfects skills learned in the 1-Week Immersion and takes place every weekday for eight hours.

If you can see just fine but want to help visually-impaired people gain access to the benefits of Vibravision, we recommend donating, sponsoring, or starting a crowdfunding page for applicants through the Vibravision Foundation. This organization was founded to help blind individuals afford the Vibravision courses.

Blind students are developing non-visual skills with Vibravision in Ogden Utah. To learn more, contact MP USA today.

Blind Students are Developing Non-Visual Skills with Vibravision in Ogden Utah

3 Ways You Can Help and Support Blind Students at the Vibravision Foundation

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Vibravision is a part of Merpati Putih, the martial arts of the Indonesian Royal Family. It teaches individuals to rely on other senses besides sight to take in their surroundings. This makes it ideal for helping blind people find their way around. Unfortunately, Vibravision requires intensive teaching that is not cheap. If you would like to help visually impaired people develop a new way to navigate the world, check out these ways to support students at the Vibravision Foundation:

1. Direct General Donations

support blind students at the Vibravision FoundationThe Vibravision Foundation for the Blind was created to teach Vibravision techniques to visually impaired and blind individuals. They believe that Vibravision has the ability to greatly improve their lives. The Foundation exists to match donors with applicants for the program.

One method for supporting blind students is to make a direct general donation to the Vibravision Foundation on their website. Depending on the number of applicants in need of scholarships, the money you donate may be split up among several worthy individuals.

 2. Crowdfunding by Sponsoring an Applicant

support blind students at the Vibravision FoundationThe Vibravision Foundation has special crowdfunding resources for blind students. They encourage everyone who is applying for funding for their Vibravision courses to start a crowdfunding campaign. This is because they believe that this initiative will lead to a better, stronger learning experience.

If there is a specific blind person you’d like to see take the course, start a crowdfunding page. It takes less than five minutes. Once your page is approved, you can start sharing it on social media with family and friends to bring in more donations. The more creative you get, the more successful your campaign will be.

3. Install Solar Panels

support blind students at the Vibravision FoundatioThe first two ways to support students at the Vibravision Foundation probably made a lot of intuitive sense. But, how do solar panels help blind people afford tuition for Vibravision classes? Well, Rocky Mountain Renewable Energy has teamed up with the Vibravision Foundation to provide support for the blind.

For each solar sale, $100/kW will be donated to the Foundation. They offer solar plans that are no money down. And, they recommend that you act soon because, on November 15th, the net metering rules change, and homeowners will only get half of the benefits of solar power generation. Unless you are grandfathered in by signing up now. Located here in Ogden, Rocky Mountain offers a broad range of solar panels that are customized for the space, color, layout, and shape that works best for you aesthetically and financially.

You can get more information at this link or call Chris Harris at (801) 808-5827.

Vibravision Immersion Class for the Blind: November 4th-8th

We’ve found that the best way to learn Vibravision is to completely immerse blind individuals in the classes. Therefore, for a week, we thoroughly immerse the students in the practice and technique. The classes take place for eight hours per day Monday through Thursday and for three hours on Friday. All courses for the blind include a DVD of the event, food, certificate of completion, a uniform, and lodging. Our next immersion class is November 4th through the 8th. You can find more details here.

If you are a sighted individual who would like to use Vibravision to become more aware of your surroundings in the light and dark, we offer several different courses that begin during the first week of January, April, July, and October. You can also try an introductory class before you commit in March, June, September, and December. You can learn more here.

If you have any questions about the fascinating world of Vibravision, please feel free to contact MP USA today!

support blind students at the Vibravision Foundation