Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Long Canes for the Blind -長い白杖

Daniel told me that a long cane is waiting for me.

Daniel is known as a tongue click echolocation guy, but before that, he is the one and only certified mobility coach as a completely blind man in the United States.
He once asked me that he bets I use a short cane that comes to the chest height.

He insists we the blind should use long canes for maximizing the perceptual mobility. Does He means, his perceptual mobility training consists of echolocation and long cane technique?

In his essay, he mentioned that using a cane is the part of perceptual tools, along echolocation that includes tongue-clicking active sonar and passive sonar, to understand what's around.

From his experience, a longer cane generally helps people of all ages to gain mobility. For children, he found out the cane of their height will give confidence in walking around. When they walk with parents, or adults, they tend to have shorter steps and try to catch up with the speed of adults, so a long cane provide information of further ahead.

For adults, longer canes generally give confidence, no longer need to bend over the back to find out the objects on the surface. Back is straightened and walk with more confidence!

I indeed find my cane is too short: When I tried to find a wall on the side, I had to extend my arm so I am often bend my body to forward. I always wished I wanted a long cane, so this will be a great chance to acquire it!

By the way, a long cane will be heavier, bulkier and it may increase a chance to collide with other people, but Daniel says we will get used to it.

I might cover about the issue of cane length after I talk with Daniel about it in person.











1 comment:

  1. I am enjoying your blog. You are really documenting the world you live in. Hopefully I am learning a bit more about persons with your disability. Have a safe flight!