Toddler canes make everyday Independence Day
Blindness and mobility visual impairment do not have to cause motor skill delays.
Wearing canes most of the day dramatically improves the outcomes of children five and younger
with mobility visual impairment
Early intervention providers and families
The wearable Toddler Cane can be requested by family members, early intervention, preschool or other service providers for children with mobility visual impairment and blindness (MVI/B). Path information is a vital life force. Children with MVI/B move about with confidence when they wear their Toddler Canes for path information most of the day.
Who needs a wearable cane? Children with cortical visual impairment (CVI), optic nerve hypoplasia, any child five and younger who is mobility visually impaired or blind.
Example: Matias showed a preference to hold on to an object or person to move in open space.
Toddler Cane benefits
Adults easily integrate wearable canes into structured and unstructured activities.
Toddlers with MVI/B obtain independent tactile feedback about the path ahead: such as "clear path", "blocked path", "elevation change".
Learners with MVI/B, who wear their canes most of the day, gain confidence with consistent path information and improve in motor, concepts, language and social skills.
Matias is now able to cross open space - hands free!
Orientation and mobility plus engineering
In the news
Dr. Max Gomez WCBS-TV medical reporter was the first to report on this innovation on the long, white cane.
Dr. Gomez reported, “The Toddler Cane is a deceptively simple and ingenious device… giving kids with visual impairment back their mobility so they can explore their world, and that’s how kids learn.”
Support the mission
Children with MVI/B need vital life saving force of path information. It is recommended that they wear their cane most of the day. It is urgent that wearable canes get to children who cannot see the path ahead to avoid obstacles. Safe Toddles is a 501(c)(3) all donations support our mission to build and donate wearable canes. Please help by supporting the mission improve the developmental outcomes of these children.