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Analysis of user characteristics related to drop-off detection with long cane

Dae Shik Kim, PhD, et al.

Figure 1. Participant approaching drop-off on 32 ft-long (9.8 m) walkway used
in study.

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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