[blindkid] Incorporating Mobility and Cane Travel at Home

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Thu May 28 20:06:11 UTC 2015


I probably would have gone through the teen anxt but I hope it would
have ended ong before I received my first dog at 32.  I prefer a dog
over a cane because I don't get all of the information from the dog I
get from a cane and I don't want all of that information.  Having said
that, you need very good orientation and mobility skills to work well
with a dog.

On 5/28/15, Traci Wilkerson via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> I work in a middle school and have 2 VI kids in elementary, both of our
> girls in middle hate using their cane, they think they are fine without
> them.  Truth is they have been teased etc and they think it makes them
> stand out to be bullied/teased.  I think teens are going to go through this
> regardless, especially once they are bullied or teased.  :(
>
> My kids take their canes everywhere, my son has too, my daughter could get
> by.  But I let her go get items at the grocery for me, which she LOVES.  If
> its something I know she can't find, like a canned item, I just tell her to
> ask someone nearby.  I know this builds her confidence, gives her something
> to do at the boring grocery store and builds community awareness for VI
> individuals!
>
> Traci
>
>
> On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 2:07 PM, Marianne Denning via blindkid <
> blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>
>> On 5/28/15, Bernadette Jacobs via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> > Good morning everyone: Bernie here. I would like to begin this morning
>> > by
>> > sharing an experience back from my high school dating days.
>> >
>> > I was just 17, a junior in high school. A friend of mine introduced me
>> to a
>> > young man home she thought I might be interested in dating. It was
>> arranged
>> > that we would meet at the lobby of the school after swim practice on a
>> > Friday night. We got in the car and drove to the mall. As I was getting
>> out
>> > of the car, he said, really. You don't need to take that in with you, as
>> he
>> > tapped my cane. I said nope. The Kinko's with me everywhere. He said
>> you're
>> > really making me upset. I said Gee.  I see no reason to be upset. I do
>> this
>> > all the time. My cane is an extension of me. That's just the way it is.
>> He
>> > said goodbye. I said bye. I hopped the next bus back to school.
>> >
>> > With the adoption of each child there was, not so mysteriously, a bright
>> > shiny brand-new white cane at the door when they arrived at our home for
>> the
>> > first time from China and Thailand.
>> > For the first two weeks, each child was encouraged to explore, to bang
>> slide
>> > role that Cain and learn everything about it they were encouraged to
>> learn
>> > what that King could and would not do.
>> >
>> > David, in particular, gets highway upset if and when he is told he
>> > cannot
>> > take his cane. Or if he is told to leave it someplace. Just barely 2
>> weeks
>> > ago, Virginia was in the schools health center announcing to everyone"My
>> > cane is an extension of me!!! "Now, where do you think she would ever
>> > get
>> > that???
>> >
>> > On that happy note, have a great day!
>> >
>> > Warmly,
>> >
>> > Bernie
>> > Sent from my iPhone
>> >
>> >> On May 27, 2015, at 3:55 PM, Roanna Bacchus via blindkid
>> >> <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Dear Parents,
>> >>
>> >> I wanted to continue my series of posts about the Expanded Core
>> Curriculum
>> >> by discussing how you incorporate cane travel and other mobility
>> concepts
>> >> at home.  My parents have worked h^ard to incorporate cane trchlel and
>> >> other important concepts that will contribute to my independenceat home
>> >> and at school.  I take my cane to church on a regular basis.  I also
>> take
>> >> my cane on trips when we are traveling as a family.  How do you
>> >> incorporate cane travel at home with your children? Look forward to
>> >> reading your thoughts on this topic.
>> >>
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>> --
>> Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
>> Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
>> (513) 607-6053
>>
>> I agree with everything that has been said here.  I am going to tell a
>> different story.  I grew up in a town of less than 600 people and ran
>> all over town without a cane.  I began attending a school for the
>> blind when I was 14 and when they tried to put the cane in my hand I
>> didn't want anything at all to do with it.  That continued into my
>> 20s.  I almost got hit crossing a busy intersection in a large city so
>> began carrying my cane for identification.  I went to get my first dog
>> when I was 32 but have to use a cane between dogs.  My point here is
>> that you need to begin working with your child before those teen years
>> start.  If I had used a cane as a child I would not have resisted it
>> later. You may be tempted to have your child use sighted guide as you
>> travel around.  That works sometimes, but also make sure your child
>> has the chance to use the cane in familiar places.  When you go
>> shopping in a store where your child is familiar you might let an
>> older child look for things that interest him/her as you handle your
>> business.
>>
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