Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Today Noah had his first O&M (Orientation and Mobility) evaluation in preparation for transitioning to the school system from EI. According to the evaluator he definitely needs O&M, and she recommended that he start learning to use a white cane ASAP. The first time those words came up I was so sad. I didn't want my son to be stigmatized or singled out as different, and a white can makes it pretty obvious that there's a vision issue. Somewhere, somehow my viewpoint has changed. I'm not only ok with a white cane - I'm excited. Noah's going to learn to not walk into walls. Fewer bruises and head injuries: that's a good thing! When he's older he'll be able to go to a movie theater with his friends and not have to worry about tripping on the curb in the parking lot. He'll be able to go to concerts and parks and the grocery store to buy a tomato - all on his own. A white cane doesn't change who Noah is, it just gives him more independence.