Knowledge of and Preference for Long Cane Components: A Qualitative and Quantitative StudyBy Ambrose-Zaken, Grace; Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, Vol. 99, No. 10, pp. 633-645
Publication Date: October 2005
Article provides a literature review on the various components of long canes, and reports on a study of the knowledge and preferences of 100 adults with visual disabilities on the various types and components of canes. A number of cane components were evaluated, including: (1) tips, (2) coatings, (3) length, (4) shaft, (5) grips, and (6) brands. Studies indicated that brand names were important to consumers, as four participants in one study scored the Americane, which is a telescoping cane, below average to poor on all criteria. Eleven participants scored the Safe-T-Lite Cane, which is a cane with a strobe light mounted to the shaft to increase visibility, as poor. Overall results from the comprehensive literature review indicated that route terrain, weather conditions, mobility demand, and purposes of specific outings were important factors in choosing a cane. A discussion of study limitations is included.
Assistive Products Discussed: WAYNE WALSH SAFE-T-LITE CANE
Published by: AFB Press (Website:http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=46)
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) (Web Site: http://www.afb.org )