3. "We think the cane could pose a hazard to other students. We’d like your child to leave it at the door or in the locker."
Proactive Solutions for Parents
- Your child’s O&M Specialist* will teach proper use and storage of
the cane in a variety of environments. You can support these efforts by encouraging
your child to use the cane whenever he/she leaves the house.
- Collaborate with your child’s O&M Specialist* to educate school staff
about the cane and its importance for safe and independent mobility.
- Get to know adults who are blind or visually impaired who are skilled
in the use of the long, white cane. If possible, arrange a visit to your
child’s class to educate classmates and staff.
- Enable your child to communicate how important the cane is through role
playing or practicing some simple statements such as: “The cane is my eye
on the ground,” “My cane bumps things so I don’t,” “The cane lets me see
what’s out in front of me. It is an extension of my body.”, and “The cane
locates things and gives me a few steps to react.”
- Have the school celebrate White Cane Safety Day (October 15th).
If you disagree with the IEP, make sure to include a written statement
noting your objections. Unless indicated otherwise, signing the IEP indicates
attendance, but not necessarily agreement.
*Orientation and Mobility Specialist
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