You can help children achieve their dreams on International White Cane Day
Use of the white cane can be one of the first skills people with low vision and blindness learn as part of orientation and mobility training, and for children, a white cane is often the key to their first experiences of independence and freedom.
It is a tool they will count on throughout their life.
This White Cane Day we are celebrating the fun, fearless and adventurous spirit of our young cane users who continue to live life to the fullest, with many engaging in everything from skateboarding to music to gymnastics.
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“I not only have my vision to deal with, but also cerebral palsy, so most of the time I use a walking frame to get around,” Isabella explained.
“To me, having the cane is a very big thing. I don’t ever notice that I’m different, but I do know that I can’t do certain things with the walking frame. The cane takes up less space and helps me to do more of the things that other kids can do.”
“I know my mobility is limited, but my cane gives me the security to try anything and be more comfortable in my surroundings. I just say to myself ‘I’ve got this, I can do it’.”
Oliver was just 4 when he became sick with a rare illness. As his kidneys shut down, Oliver’s liver and heart were also affected. So too was his vision.
Doctors explained to his mum Tanya that Oliver had basically no vision. His vision has changed over the past four years since his illness, but Oliver has overcome all of the challenges that vision loss has brought.
“It’s a bit blurry, and I can’t see out the sides,” he explained.
For an 8-year-old who loves trucks and dreams of one day being a truck driver, he says the white cane helps him “see better” especially in unfamiliar locations that he hasn’t yet memorised.
For eight-year-old Dylan, the world has always just been a combination of light and dark and having a cane has helped him navigate that world with confidence.
“I’ve had a few different canes, but my current cane is called Mr Blue Cane. I use it to walk around so that I don’t bump into things. It makes me feel safe.”
Dylan uses his cane in conjunction with an incredibly unique skill – echolocation.
“I make a clicking sound. It’s called echolocation and it tells me if I’m under a roof, next to a wall or something.”
Dylan’s hobbies include helping his friends understand the importance of a cane and mimicking a variety of different bird sounds with incredible accuracy.