Examining Highly Skilled Cane Travelers: A Preliminary Study

Matthew M. Maurer, Ph.D.

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Maurer, M. M. (2011). Examining highly skilled cane travelers: A preliminary study. Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research, 1(2). Retrieved from https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/jbir/jbir11/jbir010202abs.html. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5241/2F1-5


Seven highly skilled cane travelers were studied using methods adapted from reading research methodologies. This study examined both the skilled cane travelers and the methods used to describe them. Preliminary results indicate that the adaptation of reading research methods can prove useful in describing the behaviors and practices of skilled cane travelers. Preliminary results from the subjects of the study indicate that auditory cues are considered more important than tactile cues by most expert travelers. This study suggests that expert travelers tend to shift from conscious to subconscious thinking in a fluid manner with a surprising level of conscious thought given to relatively routine matters. Little difference was found between male and female cane travelers with the exception that females tended to ask much more questions of the general public.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5241/2F1-5

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