MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A record-breaking 33 contestants will convene Thursday, November 14, for the seventh Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest hosted by Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.
Students from across Oklahoma will start competing at 10 a.m. to earn points and win prizes.
Cane Quest contestants in 7th through 12th grades will follow verbal directions and demonstrate appropriate cane skills and proper travel techniques to complete routes in downtown Muskogee.
Younger students in 3rd through 6th grades will compete in a variety of travel tasks on the OSB campus in Muskogee.
Trained volunteers will monitor contestants at all times. Certified orientation and mobility specialists and teachers of the visually impaired will score contestants.
The competition is a national program of the Braille Institute of America, based in Los Angeles, California.
OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
“Cane Quest helps students master mobility skills and make the connection between efficient cane travel and independence,” OSB Superintendent Rita Echelle said. “We want OSB students and those from other public schools to strengthen their skills and build confidence that will help them successfully navigate their own communities and the world.”
Following the Cane Quest awards ceremonies and lunch, competitors are invited to attend a Beep Baseball Clinic in the afternoon.
The six-inning sport gives auditory signals from a beeping ball and buzzing bases to athletes who are blind or visually impaired.
Catchers, pitchers and spotters, who call out number to signify ball locations, are usually sighted, although some players in these positions have had visual impairments.
“This year, we added something new and fun to Cane Quest that we haven’t included before,” Faye Miller, OSB certified orientation and mobility instructor and Cane Quest regional organizer, said. “We are looking forward to Jason Price, the National Beep Ball Association’s head umpire from Arkansas, and other Beep Ball experts coming here to teach our Cane Quest contestants how to play this game.”
Cane Quest sponsors are Oklahoma School for the Blind, NewView Oklahoma, Braille Institute of America, Liberty Braille, Frank Dirksen, NanoPac, Oklahoma Association for Education and Rehabilitation and Oklahoma Council of the Blind.
Additional sponsors include Ruth Kelly Studios, OG&E, Reliant Rehabilitation,
Sapulpa Lions Club, SERVPRO, OSU Cooperative Extension Services and the National Beep Baseball Association.
2019 Oklahoma Cane Quest
HOST: Oklahoma School for the Blind
DATE: Thursday, November 14, 2019
TIME: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Downtown Muskogee and Oklahoma School for the Blind, 3300 Gibson Street, Muskogee, OK 74403
The Oklahoma School for the Blind is the statewide resource for the education of blind and visually impaired students. Residential and commuter students meet all state-mandated education requirements and receive specialized instruction in Braille, orientation and mobility, optimum use of low vision, adaptive equipment technology and tactile graphic skills not readily available at other public schools in the state. OSB also provides thousands of hours of free services each year for students attending local public schools, their families and local school staff.
For more information about OSB or Cane Quest, phone toll free 877-229-7136.