Most blind individuals use a long cane to detect drop-offs and other sunken surfaces. In the current study, younger cane users detected drop-offs more reliably than older cane users. Cane users who lost their vision earlier in life also detected drop-offs more reliably than those who lost their vision later in life. The findings of this study may help blind individuals select appropriate cane techniques for better drop-off detection based on how old they are and when they lost their vision.
Volume 47 Number 3, 2010
Pages 233 — 242
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