The first ever Cane Quest in Austin will be held on Saturday, May 19th. It is a collaborative project sponsored by ESC XIII and TSBVI Outreach and School; the event's purpose is to applaud our students' commitment to continuing to grow in developing their O&M skills. As such, it is not expected that students will have reached their highest efficiency level to participate. The basic criteria: students in grades 9 - 12, 20/600 or less in the better eye with correction, has had training in the areas of residential, business, city bus, escalators, stairs, and soliciting assistance, and use of human guide is not the primary mode of travel when in community settings. Students will be monitored by O&M specialists, and there will be a distance learning Cane Quest Q and A in the fall (date TBA).
Any questions can be directed to:
Diane Barnes, ESC XIII O&M Consultant
5701 Springdale Road, Austin TX 78723
Additional Details for Cane Quest 2012 in Austin:
Go to Braille Institute of America's Web site, Braille Institute Cane Quest, to learn more and see pictures of the Cane Quest that took place in Southern California.
For Orientation and Mobility Specialists that would like to participate:
--- The event requires O&M specialists to be 'Scorers' --- meaning, persons who are assigned to designated spots along routes -- score students based on event determined criteria.
-- The event requires 'Shadows' -- meaning, VI persons (O&M and others with some level of exposure/knowledge of persons who are VI/Blind) ----- each student will be assigned an individual Shadow: it is a requirement for all Shadows to be trained.
--- ACVREP credit will be provided to all O&M participants