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The Cane Kids: a story of accessibility, inclusion and independence

As an O&M specialist, Kristen Lang knows the power and possibility of the white cane - and that perspective shines through in her new children's book, The Cane Kids.

Cane Kids author Kristen Lang poses, perched on a chair holding a white mobility cane

I’m Kristen, the author of a new children’s book, “The Cane Kids: Everett and Willow’s Journey of Navigating Legal Blindness.”

But in the realm of accessibility and empowerment, I proudly wear many more hats, each representing a unique avenue through which I strive to make the world a more inclusive place.

As a certified Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist, my mission revolves around empowering individuals who are blind, low vision, DeafBlind, or have Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) to navigate the world confidently and safely. Whether it’s giving them tools and strategies that enable them to travel through bustling streets or educating them on utilizing public transportation, my goal is to equip them with the skills necessary to move through life independently.

Beyond O&M, my role as a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist allows me to delve into the realm of adapted living skills. From teaching cooking and cleaning techniques to offering guidance on time and money management, I am dedicated to helping blind, low-vision, and DeafBlind individuals lead fulfilling lives. This encompasses not only essential life skills but also finding recreational activities that bring joy and fulfillment.

Moreover, I am passionate about breaking down communication barriers as an American Sign Language Interpreter. By facilitating communication for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and DeafBlind individuals, I ensure that they are heard and understood in any situation. Bridging these gaps fosters greater inclusion and understanding within our communities.

Creating a broader culture of advocacy, education and inclusion

While my direct work with clients is deeply rewarding, I also recognize the importance of advocacy and education beyond individual interactions. In my efforts to raise awareness about Deafness and Blindness, I actively engage with the community through in-service trainings and informal conversations. My goal is to foster a more inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and supported.

Writing The Cane Kids allowed me the privilege of contributing to this mission in a different way – this book not only sheds light on the concept of legal blindness and the significance of white canes but also emphasizes the powerful message that anything is possible regardless of one’s circumstances.

In essence, my journey in the field of accessibility and empowerment is multifaceted and ever-evolving. Whether I’m teaching essential skills, breaking down communication barriers, or spreading awareness through literature, my ultimate aim remains the same: to create a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their abilities. Through dedication, compassion, and ongoing advocacy, we can continue to build a more inclusive society for all.

About The Cane Kids

“The Cane Kids” is a new children’s book featuring Everett and Willow, two remarkable kids just like you, in their debut adventure. Discover the extraordinary world through their unique perspective as they navigate life with a special tool—embracing independence and pride. This heartwarming book inspires readers of any age to believe that with determination, no challenge is too great. Through the eyes of Everett and Willow, learn that life’s journey is full of possibilities, proving that even with differences, we can all live boldly and independently.

The book is available – with an audio-described version, braille text files, and an ASL- interpreted video accessible via a NaviLens QR Code – for purchase on Kristen’s website. It’s also available in standard paperback format at many major book retailers.

About the author

Kristen Lang is a multifaceted advocate in accessibility and empowerment. Certified in Orientation and Mobility, she equips individuals with vision impairments to navigate confidently. As a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, she imparts essential skills to blind and low-vision individuals. Kristen also serves as an American Sign Language Interpreter, ensuring communication access for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Beyond direct client work, she actively raises awareness about Deafness and Blindness, fostering inclusivity through community engagement and education.

You can learn more about Kristen’s work on her website, InsightAccessibilities.com, and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

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