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The White Cane Song

A Not-for-Profit Video Venture on Canes

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What better way to observe the first day of Blindness Awareness Month than to share this wonderful video about canes and children.

Children’s Song and Video
This children’s song and video were created to be used to help sighted people understand a little about the visually-impaired person’s white cane and to encourage its use by those who will benefit most. Not all folks who use the white cane are completely blind, but they ARE deemed legally blind. There are various DEGREES of blindness.

The Seed is Planted
God always seems to bring a person into my life to breathe an idea into action.

In 1984, when I first started teaching, I was placed in elementary school and just before I retired in 2012, I also taught in primary school but this time the subject matter was Spanish.

Something my principal said to me when I met up with her a few years later stayed with me. Over a paper plate of food, she asked, “Are you doing anything with your Spanish and the children at church or anywhere else?” I wasn’t. 

The Birth of the Song
Some time later, my principal’s words came back to me. What was I doing with my abilities?  how could I best use my teaching skills even though I was out of the classroom?  With my first book I had started speaking to groups about how mobility canes help vision-impaired people become independent again.

Why Not Teach Children?
If I brought my cane message to the classroom, it would demystify it and kids would accept the person using the cane from an early age. That would teach them to accept other-abled people. But how?

Music Always Worked For Me!
But I couldn’t carry a tune! Still … God would have a way of bringing it to pass if I obeyed Him.

The Song Comes Together
Over a year ago, I began working with a traveling “singing duo” (musical husband and wife team) and told them the message I wanted to convey to the children. Melissa spent four months creating this song, and her husband set it to music.  I was so awed at the result and we introduced it to the public last October.

The Video Project
But we didn’t really have a way to showcase the song or use it in the classroom. I glumly underestimated God’s plan.

Melissa said right away, “Let’s make a video!” We talked about different aspects to include. But the whole video idea seemed too far-fetched for me. That was something movie stars and traveling musicians dabbled in…

Wait a minute, Melissa was a traveling musician … and she held onto the idea like a dog with a bone. Once she dug her heels in, no one could pull that bone away. And guess what? With all her networking, emails, finagling, she pulled it off!

Memorial Day Video Shoot
We filmed it on Memorial Day. Melissa had gotten our project to the attention of a local professional videographer, who promised to film it for free, and with all of Melissa’s theater background, she easily directed it. Her husband, Larry, did whatever else needed done during the shoot. The best shot was an aerial view of the crowd parting for our canes. That’s how it really is. When someone sees me with my cane, they drop back and let me through. When I shared this with Melissa, she said, “We’ve got to capture that!” and we did so with a handful of people from my own hometown. It’s my favorite scene.

The little girls stole my heart. Their hand motions were so cute and they really did a magnificent job sweeping their canes back and forth like pros.  God used all our willing hearts, a group of townspeople and one stubborn director to bring this video project to pass.

Not-for-Profit Educational Tool
So here it is, folks, our not-for-profit educational tool about mobility canes, just out for Blindness Awareness Month.

What do you think of The White Cane Song? What kinds of projects have you participated that you never thought  you would but are so glad you did? 

You have just read “The White Cane Song,” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright, October 1, 2016. Please take a moment to leave a comment for me and let me know what you thought of today’s post.

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Amy Bovaird is the author of two best-selling books Mobility Matters and Cane Confessions: The Lighter Side to Mobility.  An accomplished and inspirational speaker, she talks on a variety of topics based on her life experiences and continues to educate and inspire others through her writing and speaking. She lives with a dual disability—progressive vision and hearing loss due to Usher Syndrome. She blogs about the challenges she faces as she loses more vision and hearing and manages to find humor around almost every corner, AmyBovaird.com. Her books are available at Amazon. Follow her on social media at Amy Bovaird, Author.
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8 thoughts on “The White Cane Song

  • October 1, 2016 at 7:34 pm
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    Hi Shalini,
    So glad you enjoyed it. One of the aspects of vision loss is that a person doesn’t always “look like” he or she has vision loss, especially in the case of Retinitis Pigmentosa, which I suffer from. I’m actually legally blind myself and use a cane. Because it’s not always apparent, it’s easy to live in denial. That is what my first book is about. I’m now an advocate of those with vision loss because I am one of the 4,0000 who suffers from RP, a rare progressive hereditary disease that results in near or total blindness.
    Thanks so much for watching and taking time to comment. 🙂
    Amy

  • October 2, 2016 at 12:40 am
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    Hi Amy! Love the song! So easy to remember and a great visual for both kids and adults.

  • October 2, 2016 at 1:16 am
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    Thanks for the feedback, Patricia!
    So glad you like the song. 🙂 We were hoping it would generate interest and be easy-to-remember at the same time.
    Need to take it to the schools!
    Thanks for taking time to comment!
    Amy

  • October 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm
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    haha! You’re so funny! Nice to wake up to a positive comment!
    Signed: the old lady that rocks the White Cane Song (somehow)

  • October 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm
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    It’s so great to find a fellow blogger who is a Christian and blind/low vision 🙂 I have Ushers and I don’t use a cane just yet, but I’m sure I will in the near future. I’m glad that y’all made this video! It will be a great way to teach kids and even adults about how we use the cane. I am a teacher and every year I do a unit on deafblindness, I will have to show them your video!

  • October 16, 2016 at 3:11 pm
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    Hi Virginia!
    Welcome to our community! Thrilled that you found my video and will incorporate it into your classes!
    I have Usher Syndrome as well. I’m so glad you found me as well and I look forward to reading your blog!
    What a blessing to meet you! And I see you have read a few of my other posts. So happy!
    If you have access to Facebook and can still view it, this is my author page: Amy’s Facebook Author Page
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Amy

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