2024 Cane Quest
Come out and test your orientation and mobility skills at our Cane Quest!
Cane Quest is a challenging orientation and mobility contest for students in grades 3-12. There are several Cane Quest regional events across the country, and the contestants are divided into three categories:
- Scouts: Grades 3 to 6
- Explorers: Grades 7 to 9
- Trailblazers: Grades 10 to 12
Explorer and Trailblazer contestants are given auditory instructions and challenged to safely complete secret routes in their community using proper travel techniques and appropriate cane skills. Scout contestants team up with a sighted adult and earn coins as they navigate a route that demonstrates mastery of basic orientation and mobility skills and proper sighted guide techniques within the boundaries of a school or agency.
Cane Quest seeks to motivate blind and visually impaired youth to practice proper safe travel techniques and overall orientation and mobility skills. It’s designed to promote a student’s confidence in any surrounding and build true mobility independence.
- Cane Quest, a program of Braille Institute, is open to visually impaired students in grades 3-12 who have received instruction in the use of the white cane, and who are both cognitively and physically able to walk independently for an hour at a time.
- A student should be familiar with the skills on the checklist, but does not have to have mastered all of them.
- A student’s visual acuity must fall within the B1 through B2 classification range as defined by the United States Association of Blind Athletes.
- Class B1 – No light perception in either eye up to light perception, but inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.
- Class B2 – From ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to visual acuity of 20/600 and/or a visual field of less than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.