CINCINNATI (August 25, 2020) – For many years the white cane has been a symbol of independence and ease of travel for children and adults with visual impairments. It helps people with low or no vision navigate the world around safely and efficiently, and alerts others that the user is visually impaired. But this fall the white cane will become a tool in a fun, yet challenging competition—Ohio Regional Cane Quest hosted by Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI). The event will be virtual this year from September 26 through December 12 including interactive events on Facebook and prizes delivered to the contestants’ porches!
Created by Braille Institute of America, Inc. as a part of its expanding National Programs offerings, Cane Quest® is a national competition that tests the ability of blind and visually impaired youngsters to navigate the world around them independently and safely. With the help of area Orientation and Mobility Specialists, students will demonstrate and master their orientation and mobility skills in their own communities!
Cane Quest® seeks to motivate students to master their mobility skills, while also educating the sighted public about the abilities of blind youth to travel independently. To participate or for more information please contact Vicki Lorenz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Ben Gillespie and his son Andrew Gillespie practicing safe travel skills (from 2019 Cane Quest)
Since 1911, CABVI has been providing counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people of all ages in the Greater Cincinnati region. Through all of its programs and services, it strives to help more than 6,000 people each year who are blind, visually or print impaired lead full and independent lives. For more information about CABVI, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit the website at www.cincyblind.org.