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Free White Cane

The white cane gives blind people the ability to achieve a full and independent life, allowing us to travel freely and safely. We started the free white cane program because we believe that no blind person should be without a white cane, regardless of his or her ability to pay for it. Since the program began in 2008, we have distributed more than 64,000 free white canes.

Request a Free White Cane

To request a white cane, call 410-659-9314 or go to www.nfb.org

Any blind individual in the fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico can request a cane for their personal use. Requests can be made as often as every six months.

For more information, please email us at freecane@nfb.org

How to Choose Your White Cane

For adult first-time cane users, we recommend measuring from your shoulders to the floor. The cane needs to reach about two steps in front of where you are stepping. The speed of your pace and length of your stride will make a difference. More experienced cane travelers may wish to have a longer cane, measuring at least chin height.

For children, teens, and young adults who are first-time cane users, we recommend measuring from your chin to the floor. More experienced cane travelers may wish to have a longer cane, measuring at least nose height.

Cane Travel Training

We are committed to ensuring that every blind person can acquire the training he or she needs to use the white cane. We have three affiliated model training centers in the United States. The innovative training programs we have pioneered at these centers are increasingly being replicated by other rehabilitation agencies and providers.