[nfbmi-talk] Voice on the Go generated email
f.wurtzel at comcast.net
Sun Dec 19 20:46:39 CST 2010
Hi Georgia and Tonya,
Great points Georgia. I have not seen any electronic travel aid that is
better than or even equal to a long white cane for travel, especially for
observing objects or people in one's immediate vicinity. I highly recommend
everything Georgia has said. Regarding canes, the carbon-fiber are lighter
and very strong, but rather stiff. I kind of like the hollow fiberglass
canes, like the free ones for their flexibility. When I contact a crack in
the sidewalk or an object the cane gives a little and doesn't poke me as
much as the carbon fiber cane. So, in this case, for me, the cheaper
alternative is most preferable, not often the case.
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I think you are talking about the mobility aid that sendero group sells.
There are other aids as well.
I haven't had much experience with one myself. The lazer canes are heavy if
they are still produced and expensive. Lots of women who are small boned do
not have enough strength to use one. I knew someone who could have
qualified for one years ago in Chicago. She was a superb traveler with a
regular cane but the laser cane was just to heavy for her to handle. Anyway,
she really didn't need it.
I walk with my husband and Iuse my long cane--the cane is at least up to my
shoulder or nose depending on the one I have at the time. I find it very
handy in strange places. It has been my experience that I can find out
things in the environment that are difficult to figure out without the
ccane--if there are trees nearby, chairs, tables, parking lots, driveways
and all sorts of things that he may not tell me about. He is a great guy
but rather quiet. I have to ask when I hit my cane on something what it is
if I cannot tell. Do you have a long cane? You can get a free one every six
months from the NFB. The phone is 410-659-9314 and the web site is
I used to travel with one of those short canes that come up to the tip of
your sternam. Well, I could still see a bit back then and I fell a couple of
times with that short folding cane so after that I talked to a blind person
at convention and got a long cane to my shoulder. It helped a lot and I
didn't fall like before.
I was at a Memorial service at the church for a friend's son and I followed
the crowd into the memorial garden. Well, I had this real long cane and
after going down steps my cane located this rather deep hole. My cane is my
eyes and I don't step until I have checked things out with it. The pastor
said-"That is where Tom (the deceased's ashes) is going. So you see those
long canes can come in handy. When I was in Kalamazoo, they let me pick out
the type and length of cane I wanted to use.
When Ihad my dog guide, I carry a telescoping cane to locate landmarks or
teafch my dog a new area. In this latter case, I would drop the harness and
then heel the dog.
I don't know how others feel but some folks get good at clicking their
tongue quietly to help them locate different things. I hope to get some
training in this sometime. At any rate, you would still use a long cane.
Original Message -----
From: "Tonya Smith" <tonyasmith75 at live.com>
To: "Blind Cook" <Blind-cooks at nfbnet.org>; "Daniel Alvarez"
<danalva at dslextreme.com>; "National Talk" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 5:13 PM
Subject: [nfbmi-talk] Voice on the Go generated email
> Hi, this is Tonya. I got a NFB question to ask all of you. What do all of
> you guys think of traveling electronics like for example the vibrating
> aids that you use to either hook on your cane or hook on the hand or I
> mean, yeah, hold in your hand to let you be aware of moving objects so you
> don't have to tap the person in front of you or you know stuff like that?
> I'm just curious. Do those work and where do you find them because maybe
> some time cautious about doing that, maybe that will help so that way when
> I'm walking with Greg or somebody, he won't have to keep me so far back
> you know? So you know, I just want to know what you guys think so you know
> that way, because he's more cautious than I am and Gretchen, I'm not
> complaining, I'm just trying to make it better. So anyway, let me know
> what you guys think.
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