Happy White Cane Week!

Image shows a student looking at a braille cell cube using a CCTV

Photo shows Adam standing with a mobility cane against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains

The PRCVI outreach team is celebrating White Cane Week out in the Kootenays! White Cane Week is a national awareness campaign held in the first full week of February each year intended to raise awareness around the issues facing adults with vision loss in Canada. Promoted each year by the Canadian Council of the Blind with events across the country, White Cane Week is an opportunity to showcase students' independence when using a mobility cane. To mark White Cane Week 2019, we took our canes out in the -22C weather to plan a route from the school to the community rink!  

Once we came in from the cold weather, we also worked with the student's TSVI to introduce a DaVinci HD room viewing system. We explored both near and distance functions as well as the various colour modes. On short-term loan from SET-BC, the trial of the DaVinci helped the student's team better understand what video magnification solution may be the best fit. 

About the author

Adam Wilton

I have been fortunate to learn and grow with students with visual impairments since 2007, working as a teacher of students with visual impairments (TSVI), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and most recently as the Program Manager of PRCVI and ARC-BC. I completed a PhD in Special Education at the University of British Columbia in 2017 where my research focused on the administrative determinants of workloads for itinerant TSVIs.   

One of my favourite aspects of my current role is delivering outreach support to my colleagues and their students from across British Columbia. I've been fortunate to have many exciting adventures in schools and communities across the province and I hope you enjoy following along through #outreaching!

When I'm not on the road, I enjoy learning to play the violin, collecting antique books, and spending time surrounded by trees. 

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