How is the white cane used in teaching the blind?

How is the White cane used? Young man using a white cane to cross the street at a crosswalk.

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For children with visual impairments, the cane can be an important tool for developing mobility and independence. Here are some ways that the cane can be used to teach children with visual impairments:

Promotes safe travel: The white cane can help children with visual impairments to navigate their environment safely and independently. By using the cane to detect obstacles in their path, children can learn to travel with greater confidence and independence.

Builds spatial awareness: Using the white cane can also help children with visual impairments to develop a better sense of spatial awareness. By feeling the layout of their environment through the cane, children can gain a greater understanding of the physical space around them.

Fosters social acceptance: The white cane is also an important symbol of blindness and visual impairment, and can help children to feel more socially accepted by their peers. By embracing the use of the white cane, children can learn to feel more confident and comfortable in social settings.

Special education directors can help to incorporate the white cane into their curriculum by working with Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) and other professionals who specialize in working with children who are visually impaired. By providing instruction and support on white cane use, educational teams can help to foster greater independence, confidence, and social acceptance for children with visual impairments.

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