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Free White Cane Application
The long white cane is more than a useful tool. It is a means to independence! With proper training, the long white cane allows individuals who are blind to travel from one location to another with ease and confidence.
The National Federation of the Blind believe freedom and independence to travel is “so important to the quality of life of blind people that every blind person should have a cane, regardless of ability to pay.” Therefore, they give away straight (non-folding) fiberglass canes free of charge. Individuals may request a free cane for their personal use or for their child. Such requests may be made as often as every six months, which is wonderful considering children grow so quickly!
Before requesting a free long, white cane, be sure to know what length of cane to order. The cane needs to be about eight inches shorter than the cane user. Basically, it needs to be about as tall as the cane user’s mouth. Some prefer the cane to be as tall as one’s chin or nose. The canes are available in the following lengths: 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, and 63 inches.
For more information, and to apply to obtain a free white cane, click on the following link: