Common Sense Cane Bank is a cane library – loaning long white canes to children whose parents contact us. We are a parent-led charity with the ethos of parental and child empowerment and we believe every child should have the right to independent travel. Some canes are funded by local services, but often they are not and this is left to the parent to fund. We are very happy when our canes assist them on this journey!
After working with World Access for the Blind, we were often asked about our son’s cane. We ended up lending out his spare one and old ones. Eventually, we started asking people to donate old canes to be lent out, and then we started buying them directly from the NFB. We have built up a collection of several canes over the years, so if we have one in your child’s size (measure nose-to-toes, this is important) we would be happy to lend you one to try. You can keep it for as long as you need. If you’d like to borrow or donate a cane, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Words from Joe Cutter,
Who is Joe Cutter?
“Joe Cutter, a pioneering specialist in paediatric orientation and mobility (O&M), has done much to demystify the concepts around teaching orientation and mobility to blind children and to empower parents to promote independence in their blind child. Mr. Cutter has presented professional workshops around the country and in Canada. He has also helped develop early childhood orientation and mobility and early intervention programs in several states. His credentials include over thirty-five years of experience as an O&M instructor, certification as a teacher of the blind and visually impaired, and a masters in teaching the developmentally handicapped. Informed by the experience of skilled blind travelers, Cutter has developed a unique and highly effective approach to independent movement and travel for children. Mr. Cutter brings a child-centered perspective to his teaching, promoting independent movement and travel from an early age. An advocate for parental involvement, he encourages parents to trust their own expertise as their children’s first teachers.”