Free White Cane Program

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.

Taryn stands on a boat in the Baltimore Harbor holding her white cane.

Request a Free White Cane

To request a white cane, you can fill out our online application or mail a completed application to our office.

Any blind individual in the fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico can request a cane for their personal use. Requests canbe 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.

For more information on cane travel and techniques, we invite you to read, "Care and Feeding of the Long White Cane: Instructions in Cane Travel for Blind People."