Submitted by Elizabeth Isaacs, Orientation and Mobility Specialist
As we observe White Cane Safety Day on October 15, Elizabeth Isaacs shares how to get your white cane repaired. Keeping your cane repaired and in top shape will result in better mobility and safer travel.
Don’t throw away your broken cane ever again. Did you know that old, broken, and worn out mobility canes can be repaired totally FREE of charge? Well, it’s true! My name is Elizabeth Isaacs, and I’m a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist living in the Atlanta area. I’m currently not working in the field as I’m enjoying the opportunity to raise my two wonderful children with another one on the way.
Five years ago, I launched a cane repair program for all visually impaired residents of Georgia. Today, I’m happy to share with you that we have repaired over 200 mobility canes and the program has now been expanded to serve all visually impaired residents of three states including Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.
There is no catch and no fine print. The program really is totally free of charge. A visually impaired person simply mails their cane to me using the “Free Matter for the Blind” postage code and I completely refurbish the cane and return it within 48 hours. Please include a note inside the package with the owner’s name, address, and phone number.
This program is supported 100% by private donations that are all tax-deductible. We work very hard to ensure that all of the funds go directly to repair canes for visually impaired people that own a mobility cane. Therefore, we do not repair canes that are owned by agencies that provide O&M services. We only repair canes that belong to visually impaired individuals.
So if you or someone you know have a cane in need of a face-lift, please contact me or mail your cane to the following address:
Elizabeth Isaacs,1785 Presidents Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.
My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.