Teaching the Cane and Non-Visual Skills
This page has links to articles, presentations, and web pages that address the issue of teaching the use of the cane and other non-visual skills.
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- Videos demonstrating use of the cane
Videos demonstrate proper cane technique and the importance of some of the features of that technique, as well as things that the cane may not detect.
- Stages of Learning to Use a Cane
Process of learning to use a cane, and suggestions for overcoming difficulties in achieving proficiency.
Spring 2005 Newsletter; AER Orientation and Mobility Division
- Step by Step: Systematic Cane Instruction and Assessment
Powerpoint / notes from presentations 2008-2010
- Teaching the Use of the Cane Step by Step: Suggestions for Progressive, Methodical Instruction"
Sauerburger, D. & Bourquin, E. (2010) Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, AFB Press, Volume 104, Number 4, pp. 203-214
- Cane information:
Articles related to cane use in newsletter of VisionAWARE
July 2008, Volume 2 Issue 3,
by Dona sauerburger
- Alternative Mobility Device
Illustrates an alternative to the long cane.
- Bundu basher
Illustrates a cane tip designed for hiking and traveling through natural areas.
- Support Cane Used with Long "Probing" Cane
Illustrates a support cane and long cane being used together.
- Unreliability of Using the Railing for Stair Information
Illustrates the importance of using a cane or guide to determine where the bottom of a stairway is, rather than the railing.
- Teaching Use of Visual and Non-Visual Techniques
Addresses the issue of blindfolding
Part of joint presentation with Dr. William Wiener: "Development of O&M Services and Use of Innovative Approaches"
National Conference for Residential Training Centers for the Blind, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 13, 2002
- Examples of Strategies for Teaching Non-Visual Skills and Use of Non-Visual Information
- "Traditional" O&M in the Modern Environment: Hallmarks of a Quality O&M Program
Presentation for panel regarding "Traditional" O&M and Structured Discovery Learning
National Council of State Agencies for the Blind, April 26, 2007, Bethesda, Maryland
Non-visual cues or strategies for specific street-crossing tasks
- Teaching the Use of Hearing
Ideas and strategies from O&M specialists for teaching blind people to maximize the use of their hearing.
March, 1999 newsletter; Metropolitan Washington Orientation and Mobility Association (WOMA)
- Make Your Own Vision Impairment Simulators
January 1998 newsletter, DC-Maryland Chapter,
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Although it is not directly related to teaching non-visual skills, this article may be of interest to those who want to simulate visual impairments.