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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Free Canes for the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), has launched an initiative to ensure that any blind person in the United States and Puerto Rico who needs a long white cane will have one, regardless of their ability to pay. The NFB will provide a free cane to anyone in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico who is blind or has low vision and who uses or desires to use a white cane in order to travel independently. This historic initiative is the largest effort ever of its kind to provide white canes to individuals who are blind or have low vision.

The long white cane provides an effective means for blind students to get to school, blind adults to get to work, and blind seniors to remain active.

It is estimated that 109,000 of the 1.3 million legally blind people in the United States use a white cane. By supplying canes free of charge, this program provides the opportunity for all blind Americans to have a white cane and to participate fully in society.

The National Federation of the Blind will provide a straight, light fiberglass cane to any blind individual in the United States or Puerto Rico who requires the cane for personal use. Canes are available in the following lengths: 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, or 63 inches. Individuals may only request one free cane in any six-month period.

Click this link to apply for a FREE cane from NFB.
For more information on the National Federation of the Blind free cane program, click this link to visit http://www.nfb.org, or contact:

Chris Danielsen
Public Relations Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
Phone: 410-659-9314, extension 2330
Email: cdanielsen@nfb.org

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