Oklahoma School for the Blind will host the fourth Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest on Thursday, December 1.
The unique Cane Quest competition encourages students to safely complete secret routes in their communities using proper travel techniques and cane skills.
Students from across Oklahoma will compete to earn points and win prizes.
Older students will navigate a route in downtown Muskogee by following verbal directions and paying attention to environmental clues to reach destinations.
Younger students will demonstrate their skills by completing a variety of travel tasks on the OSB campus.
OSB staff and trained volunteers will monitor contestants at all times.
Cane Quest is a national program of the Braille Institute of America, based in Los Angeles, California.
“We say Cane Quest is not a race, it’s a rally because the competition was created to test the ability of contestants in grades three through 12 to navigate the world around them,” OSB Superintendent Rita Echelle said. “Cane Quest motivates students to master and build confidence in their mobility skills, plus the event gives OSB a chance to demonstrate the ability of youth who are blind to travel independently in our community and the world.”
OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
For more information about OSB or Cane Quest, phone toll free 877-229-7136.
The Oklahoma School for the Blind is the statewide resource for the education of blind and visually impaired students and has maintained 100 percent graduation rate for six years. Residential and commuter students meet all state-mandated education requirements and receive specialized instruction in Braille, orientation and mobility, optimum use of low vision, adaptive equipment technology and tactile graphic skills not readily available at other public schools in the state. OSB also provides thousands of hours of free services each year for students attending local public schools, their families and local school staff.