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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of this shop?

To provide products designed to reduce stigma and stereotypes of people with visual impairments.

What should I say if someone asks what the "It's Just A Cane" shirt means?

The long white cane is the symbol and commonly used mobility tool for people who are blind and visually impaired. People who use a cane can do the same things everyone else does, but just in a different way! 

How did this all get started?!

I am Ashley Broussard, a daughter, friend, and best of all, an Orientation and Mobility Specialist.

I am a graduate of the CSULA Orientation and Mobility program, class of 2015. As I progressed through the O&M program and began student teaching, I quickly realized there is a shortage of resources for creative instruction. There are numerous videos and tutorials all over the web that show how to perform O&M techniques, but a lack of resources to aid specialists to teach clients/students concepts in fun, motivating, creative ways.

I was inspired to design Cane and Compass: Pointing the Way for Creative Orientation and Mobility Instruction ( as an online space for all O&M Specialists to visit and use with the hope that there can be a collective resource for creative lesson planning. Cane and Compass Shop is an extension to this website. 


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