ABOUT

The Hein Wagner Academy doesn’t stick to the normal confines of sight. It’s something different, breaking the paradigm of traditional thinking.

It’s out there. Vibrant. Loud. Proud.

THE HEIN WAGNER ACADEMY IS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN BEING DEPENDENT AND
BEING INDEPENDENT FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. 

IF YOU’RE READING THIS WITH YOUR EYES, THE HEIN WAGNER ACADEMY IS HERE TO CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTIONS AND SHOW YOU HOW THE BLIND CAN BECOME LEADERS IN THIS WORLD, INTEGRATING INTO THE WORKFORCE, SOCIETY AND EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN.

  IF YOU’RE READING THIS WITH YOUR FINGERTIPS, THE HEIN WAGNER ACADEMY IS HERE TO HELP YOU GROW, TAPPING INTO LIMITLESS ABILITIES AND REACHING EVERY GOAL YOU’VE SET. 

THE HEIN WAGNER ACADEMY IS A PLACE OF LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION, FOR THOSE WITH SIGHT AND WITHOUT.

 WE CHANGE HOW THE WORLD SEES THE BLIND, AND HOW THE BLIND SEES THE WORLD.

all it takes is a change of perspective.

Background:

Founded in January 2019 by blind extreme adventurer and motivational speaker, Hein Wagner, the Hein Wagner Academy is based in Worcester, South Africa. Hein was born blind and attended the Pioneer School for the Blind in Worcester from the age of five.

“At the time I could not believe my parents dropped me off at a blind school at such a young age, but today I know it was the best decision ever. During my teenage years I was introduced to two-way radio communications by a blind friend at school and I soon knew that technology is my only bridge into the sighted world. Back in 1990 I became the first totally blind learner at the school to complete my final exams on a computer with text-to-speech software that I had installed myself.”

Hein started his career as a switchboard operator, but soon worked his way into the IT industry and 12 years later he was the international sales manager for a multinational internet security company. For the last 14 years Hein has traveled the world, and through his keynote motivational talks he has inspired many people to achieve the impossible by turning huge obstacles into major opportunities.

In 2009 Hein founded the VisionTrust and through it sponsored the adaptive technologies as well as tuition fees of a large number of blind students.

“It has always made me sad that so many blind South Africans do not have the financial means to  acquire adaptive technologies and/or be able to afford quality training to help them bridge the gap into the sighted world.”

In 2016, Hein played a key role in establishing the first-of-it’s-kind Technology Training Centre for the visually impaired in Africa using Apple technologies. Currently this Training Centre forms part of the Hein Wagner Academy’s training facilities.

At the end of 2018, Innovation for the Blind (formerly the Institute for the Blind) was forced to close the Department for Career Development after providing quality training for post-Grade 12 visually impaired learners for more than 30 years.  The closure was due to restructuring and a change of strategy.

As an alumni of the Department of Career Development, and knowing how much its services meant to me on a personal level, I could not be a witness to its closure. Something had to be done, hence the birth of the Hein Wagner Academy.”

Our facilities in Worcester cater for students who are visually impaired, offering full-time and part-time courses. Our teaching and accommodation facilities are within walking distance of all amenities. We can also accommodate small groups of visually impaired students for shorter courses.

We are blinded … by possibilities!

– Hein Wagner

DERDESTEEN BEACH taken on 08-12-2018

OUR VISION

To enable the visually impaired to become economically independent and socially connected through education, training, sports, recreation and the arts.

OUR MISSION

To bridge the gap between being dependent and being independent for the visually impaired by providing specialised training in an environment focusing on the needs and development of persons living with visual loss.

OUR PROMISE

We promise to take you from as far as your fingers can reach to as far as you dare to dream. We will enable you to be the inspiration the world  so desperately need by supporting you to reach your full potential.

All photography provided by Alex Oelofse