wonder if a cane would be a good tool for your child?
How exactly does the cane work to enable the blind person
to walk safely, quickly, and efficiently? Who should
use a cane? And when? What are some of the skills the
cane traveler uses?
the way, the cane is not just for totally blind people.
Partially sighted people make use of this tool as well
and, in fact, the cane can be considered a low vision
tool. It has been said that partially sighted people
"use their eyesight for what they can see and the cane
for what they can't see." The cane actually frees them
up to enjoy their surroundings, take part in a conversation,
and not always have to worry whether that dark area
ahead is a shadow or a step. Partially sighted people
also can walk a lot faster and look a lot more graceful
when they use this tool, since it gives them better
preview of what's ahead.
sure to check the Helpful
Books page for these two excellent resourcesModular
Instruction for Independent Travel for Students Who
Are Blind or Visually Impaired: Preschool through High
School and Techniques Used by Blind Cane Travel
Instructors-A Practical Approach.