And since situations where a blind person needs to ask someone for a hand or directions are rather common (especially at first), it can help a great deal if you're carrying a white cane with you. The white cane is a universally recognized symbol, thus everyone will immediately understand why you're asking for assistance.
These canes are manufactured by AmbuTech - an internationally-acclaimed producer of top-quality mobility aids for the blind. They're made of heavy-gage aluminum, and are able to withstand considerable abuse. Their sturdy joint design provides superior tactile transmission, and the double-elastic assembly method ensures added durability. The top of the cane has the standard, comfortable flat-sided rubber grip, similar to that found on a golf club. The cane comes complete with a stationary marshmallow tip (already attached for your convenience), which is far and away the most popular tip out there these days. Plus, a strip of bright-red reflective tape near the tip of the cane will help make you more visible to motorists and pedestrians alike when you're on the go at night.
Ever portable, our canes can be folded and unfolded with ease. When not in use, your cane will be around a foot long, which is small enough to slip into a backpack, tuck under a chair, or place across your lap or next to a seat. Naturally, there's a sturdy elastic cord attached to the handle which you can wrap around the four sections to ensure the cane doesn't spring open when you're not expecting.
One final point: our white canes are available in fifteen different lengths, ranging from thirty-six to sixty-four inches. The particular length preferred by the blind user varies widely from person to person. But, generally speaking, the cane should almost come up to your shoulder (that's the shorter end of the scale), or reach nearly to your forehead (the longest anyone would typically ever want it to be). For example, if someone is 5 foot 8, a 52 to 56-inch cane should work nicely.
Directions for the Folding White Cane From Future Aids, The Braille Superstore.
To change the tip on your Folding White Cane, please follow the below directions carefully.
1. Unfold your cane so that it is fully extended.
2. To remove the tip, Grasp the final section of cane in your left hand, and take hold of the tip with the other. Gently pull the tip away from the cane, rotating slightly to ease the neck of the tip out of the bottom of the shaft. After lots of use, the tip is usually quite stiff, so you may need to pull quite hard to dislodge the tip from the cane.
Once the tip comes off, it will pull some of the elastic out of the cane with it. It is this elastic from which you can detach the old tip and to which you attach the new one.
3. Your Folding White Cane has double elastic. Insert an object such as a spoon into the loop to hold the elastic in place while you change the cane tip.
DO NOT let go of the elastic at any time during this process.
4. Unclip the cane tip that is currently on the cane and set it aside.
5. Now clip the new cane tip onto your cane.
6. Hold the elastic in one hand while you remove the spoon that was holding it in place with the other. Then let the elastic gently slide back into the cane, and use your cane as usual with your new tip attached.
(From the White Canes shelf.)