About canes

Mobility canes which assist people with vision impairments come in a variety of types.

Individuals can be assessed by an Orientation and Mobility Specialist who makes qualified decisions regarding the needs of the person and the environments where they will use the cane.

Cane types include –

  • Identification cane – this white cane is designed to indicate a person has low vision.
    This cane does not detect all obstacles but can assist with the height of steps, gutters and down drops.
  • Support cane - this cane can aid balance and is used as a means of physical support. This cane does not detect obstacles but can assist with identifying that a person has low vision.
  • Long cane - a long mobility cane enables a person who is blind or has low vision to detect all obstacles and hazards within their path of travel. All white canes are an international symbol of vision impairment.

Vision Australia recommends you seek advice from one of our Orientation and Mobility Specialists regarding use of a mobility cane.

It is essential that a cane is correctly prescribed and that there is training provided that will ensure the aid is used safely.

This is a free service, and the recommended cane can also be supplied free of charge after an assessment with an Orientation and Mobility Specialist.

To request a free assessment, training or advice, phone Vision Australia on 1300 84 74 66.

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