This visually-impaired woman was using a walking stick in order to 'extend her reach' in order to detect obstacles in her path. Using a 'sweeping' motion was able to forewarn her of objects, such as this electrical box in her way, as well as changes in terrain, which in this case, was the sidewalk surface transitioning into the adjacent grassy surface. You can see how taking into account impairments such as this makes the process of designing such publicly-accessible environmental surroundings challenging, but necessary. See PHIL# 9062 and 9063 for additional pictures of this person interacting with other environments while using her walking stick.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design
November 3, 2012
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