The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization Beyond Blind Institute (BBI) is a unique, innovative organization dedicated to the empowerment of visually impaired and blind individuals seeking equal opportunity in today’s ever demanding society. The mission of the Institute is an immediate and aggressive hands-on approach to each individual’s health and fitness, career opportunities, and overall emotional and social well being. In addition, a strong focus on technical skills, advanced low-vision-aid technology, and research and development of various eye diseases is part of our mission.

“My mission is to empower all blind individuals to emerge from the shell of blindness that surrounds them and to give them the best life has to offer in a new empowered world beyond belief,” says legally-blind Founder Joyce Gugel. As is quite obvious, her vision goes far beyond the limits of her eyesight.