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Yellowstone’s Blog (6) White Cane, CVI & School

photograph of Yellowstone national Park, blue pool of water with smoke coming out, against blue sky with white clouds and green trees in the background.
Yellowstone is a teenager with CVI who was diagnosed a few years ago.

Yellowstone, a teenager with CVI, supported by her Orientation & Mobility (O&M) teacher, started using a white cane in the Autumn (Fall) of 2021.

Yellowstone writes:

My biggest issue with the cane has been explaining to people what it is.

Some things they’ve called it include:

  • a stick
  • a white stick
  • a blind-person-cane
  • a spinny marshmallow (what my little brother calls the tip)
  • an earthbending stick

Earthbending Stick

I’ve encouraged this one though because I’m a fan of the show Avatar: The Last Airbender, which has a blind character named Toph Beifong who uses a superpower called earthbending to feel where stuff is through the earth so she can navigate, which I think is really cool. I think some people think I shouldn’t like the Toph character because of things like this scene where she can’t swim, so Sokka who she has a crush on, tells her he’s coming to rescue her but his girlfriend Suki just jumps in without saying anything and gets there first, resulting in this: 

I actually really like this clip because it’s the perfect way to explain to people why they should say things like, ”Hi, it’s so-and-so” before they start talking.

And when it’s folded up it’s also been mistaken for:

  • a microphone
  • nunchucks
  • a horsewhip
  • a drumstick (I did actually play percussion in the school band for about 2 1/2 years but I quit because I couldn’t figure out how to read the music; some people said I was the best percussionist in my grade/year though, so either I faked it really well or everybody else was extremely bad.)
  • a miniature water tower (my favorite)

Just something I thought would be funny.

My O&M teacher thought the ”miniature water tower” thing was funny too.

Image showing a man on horseback with a whip, a white waterpower, two drumsticks on some drums, a microphone and nunchucks
Yellowstone’s folded white cane has been mistaken for a horsewhip, miniature water tower, drumsticks, nunchucks and a microphone!

For more shared stories about white cane use and CVI please also see:

Nicola McDowell’s Blog 31 What Does Independence really Mean

White Canes & CVI, sharing Ashleigh’s experiences.


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