Braille Institute

Orientation & Mobility Month

October is Orientation and Mobility month at Braille Institute!

Join us, have fun and learn something new!

During the month of October, Braille Institute is raising awareness of Orientation & Mobility (O&M) by hosting free online workshops and events focused on everything that has to do with O&M! Whatever activity you choose for Orientation and Mobility month, you’re sure to be more active.

  • Free amazing online webinars you can take from the comfort of your home,
  • Celebrate White Cane Awareness Day on October 15,
  • Participate in Braille Institute’s Second Annual Virtual Move-A-Thon! 

2021 Virtual Move-A-Thon October 1-29

Join us for the virtual Move-A-Thon which runs from October 1-29, 2021. The top two individuals in each age-group that log the most time (minutes) will receive a White Cane for First Place, and a gift card for Second Place!  We look forward to you joining us in this healthy and fun way to promote physical activity among the visually impaired community, even during a global pandemic. Be sure to register as an individual, and you can also register your friends, family, or neighbors. Everyone who registers, gets a free visor!

How to Get Started 

  • Register for the Move-A-Thon, here.
  • Participate from anywhere, whether you stay indoors or take it outside; all activities are welcome! You can walk, run, dance, jump rope, or any other physical activity you can think of. Just get moving! And don’t forget to involve your four-legged friends when you can.
  • Set your personal goals.
  • Enter and track your daily time spent by:
    • Looking up your registration by your first and last name
    • Clicking the Log Activities link
    • Recording your time spent moving daily, beginning October 1 through October 29, at Noon PDT.

If you would like to support O&M month and the Move-A-Thon, click here to DONATE.

Hand drawn illustration of people walking among trees. One has a cane, another has a compass. An eye overlapping a smartphone.

White Cane Safety Day

October 15

The white cane is a tool of independence for many people who are blind or visually impaired.

White Cane Safety Tips for people who are sighted:

Stop your car at least 5ft from a crosswalk. Pedestrians who are blind may use the sound of your engine to locate crosswalk boundaries. If any part of your car is in the crosswalk, a blind person may misjudge the safe area.

Avoid honking at individuals using a white cane. People who are blind have no idea why you are honking.

It is okay to ask if assistance is needed. Ask the blind or visually impaired person permission before trying to assist, unless it is an emergency. If the person asks you to help guide them, offer your arm. They will hold your arm just above your elbow to follow your path.

Online Workshops