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White canes for the visually-impaired

Luke Nacei
Friday, March 02, 2018

VISUALLY-IMPAIRED adults and children across Fiji will now have the confidence of travelling independently, especially at night.

This comes after 200 white canes were given by the Australian Government to the United Blind Persons of Fiji through the Walk with Confidence campaign on Monday.

The white cane is one of the most important identification and mobility aid for people who are blind or have impaired vision.

UBP of Fiji vice-president Lanieta Tuimabu said one needed to learn the basics of using a white cane before actually travelling on his or her own.

"This white cane is a mobility tool that takes us wherever we want to go. We need to learn and once you familiarise yourself, you will be able to use it alone," Ms Tuimabu said.

She said the items would help them when they travelled alone at night.

"It has a reflector on it and this will indicate to people, especially drivers, that there is a visually- impaired person on the street."

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes was impressed by the number of organisations involved to deliver this project.

"I hope they will help you to walk with confidence, whether it's at school, at work, at home with your family or in your communities," Mr Feakes said.

Of the 200 white canes handed out, 50 were for children and 150 for adults.

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