Future Reflections

The National Federation of the Blind Magazine for Parents and Teachers of Blind Children

Volume 27 Number 2                 Cane Travel and Independence

Barbara Cheadle, Editor


Kendra walking with her cane. See Kendra's Sonar story.  


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Volume 27 Number 2                 Cane Travel and Independence



Blind Enough for a Cane?
by Carrie Gilmer

Mobility: Kyra Prepares for High School
by Barbara Mathews

From Tumbles to Triumphs: Using a Cane from a Wheelchair
by Treva Olivero

Kendra�s Sonar
by Stephanie Kieszak-Holloway

Big Brother has a Cane; Little Sister Wants One, Too
by Carrie Gilmer

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and My Daughter Learned to Love the Cane
by Patricia Renfranz


Step Toward Equality: Cane Travel Training for the Young Blind Child
by Fredric Schroeder, PhD

O&M Assessments: Erring on the Side of Positive Expectations
by Douglas C. Boone

A Good Orientation and Mobility Program in the Public Schools
by Denise Mackenstadt, NOMC


My Introduction to Sleepshades and Independence
by Craig Eckhardt

Stepping Out: One Mom�s Sleepshade Experience by Connie Bernard

Common Questions about Canes and Cane Travel

Street Crossing with Lights: Basic Skills
by Doris Willoughby and Sharon Monthei

Public Places: Going through Buffet Lines, Carrying Trays, and Using Elevators and Escalators
by Maria Morais, Paul Lorensen, Roland Allen, Edward C. Bell, Arlene Hill, and Eric Woods


Mobility: Whose Responsibility Is It?
by Gary Wunder

The Promotion Model
by Joseph Cutter

Structured Discovery in the Classroom
by Edward Bell, PhD

The Nature of Independence
by Kenneth Jernigan


Almost 101 Ways to Decorate Your Cane
by Cortney Osolinski

The Night Search
Review by Peggy Chong


Quiet Cars and Blind Pedestrians: Problems and Progress
by Barbara Pierce


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