I was delighted to get an email towards the end of last year announcing the National Federation of the Blind’s Early Explorers Program. As explained in the email,
The NFB Jernigan Institute is pleased to announce the NFB Early Explorers Program. This program is designed to introduce young blind children (ages birth to 7) and their families to the long white cane. Through the program parents will receive the tools, support, and confidence needed to become their child’s first cane travel teacher. Providing children with an early start to independent movement and travel ensures that children will be more confident and curious travelers throughout life. Families participating in the program will receive a free child-sized white cane, Travel Tales (a quarterly e-newsletter), an informational DVD, and so much more!
To learn more about this exciting program, or to register, please visit http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Early_Explorers1.asp, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (410) 659-9314, extension 2418.
Help us spread the word about the importance of early movement and cane travel for young blind children by telling the parents and families you encounter about the NFB Early Explorers Program!
When you go to sign up for the program, you’ll be asked your child’s height in feet and inches; I assume this information is needed so they can send your kiddo the right size cane. Don’t worry that your child is too small for a cane: as best I can tell, there is no such thing. Peanut started using a cane earlier this fall, and he’s one of many cane users at CCVI. The kiddos there come in all sizes, and their canes do, too.