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Living with Deafblindness


People who have dual sensory loss may benefit from a mobility aid to provide confidence when out and about and to aid independence.

Mobility aids used by people with a vision impairment are usually white; white being a symbol of vision impairment. Canes usually have a red reflective strip for added visibility.The purpose of an identity cane is to make the public aware that a person has a vision impairment. The identity cane is not sturdy enough to provide physical support or for testing ground surfaces when outdoors.

A long cane is used for scanning ground surfaces to detect obstacles and alert the user to steps, stairs, surface changes etc. These canes are not designed to provide physical support .

Where physical support is required a white walking stick may be an option. The identity and long canes fold into four smaller sections for storage or carrying when not in use. Rigid non-folding canes are available if preferred.

Note: Consult an Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist for advice when considering a mobility aid. An assessment and training in the  correct use of a cane is recommended. Using the wrong type or length of cane can have an effect on a person’s posture and possibly put them at risk of accidents and/or injury.

Identity Cane (ID Cane)

  • Used to indicate a person has a vision impairment
  • Not intended to be used for physical support
  • Sizes range from 80cm to 105cm
  • Cane folds into four pieces for easy storage


Long Cane

  • Requires training by an O&M Instructor
  • Used to scan and detect obstacles and surface changes
  • Sizes range from 110cm to 130cm
  • Children’s long canes range in size from 55cm to 80cm
  • Cane folds into four pieces for easy storage


Sturdy Alumunium Support Cane

  • White reflective colour to indicate vision impairment whilst providing physical support
  • Seek advice from an O&M Specialist and/or Physiotherapist to ensure correct length and training in use of this cane


Out and About – Accessories

When out and about consider using accessories such as UV shields or a peak cap. Both can help to minimise glare to enable a person to make best use of any remaining vision. Other options include items like coin holders or a money gauge to identify notes reducing stress of having to deal with money.

Cane Tips

There are different ypes, styles and sizes of can tips depending on preference and how the cane will be used.


Noir UV Shields

  • Reduces discomfort of glare wit
    hout reducing vision
  • Reduces exposure to UV rays including protection to peripheral vision
  • Available in small and large frames with different filters
  • Fit over spectacles


Coin Holder

  • Assists in identifying coins
  • Available for different sized coins
  • Helps to organise money prior to going out
  • Reduces stress of sorting through loose change when shopping
  • Wallets are another option with separate sleeves to assist in identifying