If a child (or an adult), has never encountered anyone using a white cane, I would suspect they don’t know much about it or how it’s used. Here is one way to ignite some interest and start the white cane conversation.
As one of the family support gals with the TSBVI Outreach team, I get to call it my job doing what I love – supporting families and watching them lead us into some pretty awesome systems improvement. Ialso spend some time away from TSBVI doing something else I’m pretty passionate about – teaching Orientation & Mobility (O&M) to people of all ages. There is something really cool about witnessing people become confident travelers, especially when you get to see all their hard work pay off by improving their safety and independence.
Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a young lady who had such joy for life and for her independence that she often broke out in a little dance when she learned a new environment. Her enthusiasm was great to watch but she was never content to dance alone, she often grabbed me and invited me to dance alongside her. It was so much fun, especially the follow-up conversations with other pedestrians interested in our little celebration. While I believe she was born with a natural bent towards being enthusiastic and independent, I also know a lot of it came from growing up in a family that encouraged such character traits.
Today, I saw a YouTube video of Precious Perez singing a rendition of a Taylor Swift song about her cane. This young lady can sing and her message is powerful – she will never, ever live without her cane ! Why? Because she figured out that is one of her tools for independence. Want to find a fun, creative way to encourage your child to feel proud about using his or her cane? This is a great one to share (Video below)! Want to see other fabulous YouTube videos to inspire your family to start a conversation about the white cane? Discuss O&M training opportunities and learn to bring/use that cane everywhere? Check these videos out!
GGB Note: I added a few videos to the list above!
This blog was originally published on the Texas School for The Blind and Visually Impaired website.