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Learn an essential element of independence--techniques for getting around independently in familiar and unfamiliar places:
  • use basic cane techniques to safely negotiate stairs, elevators, turnstyles, and escalators
  • plan and successfully travel various routine and special routes
  • understand parallel / perpendicular streets as well as effective ways of using parallel traffic to create a “line of direction”
  • analyze an intersection and make an appropriate crossing safely and confidently
  • shop and conduct business independently at malls, grocery stores, office buildings, airports, recreation centers, and other public use facilities
  • solicit information from pedestrians, business people, drivers, etc., with confidence and use this information to travel to and arrive at a desired destination
  • travel using public transportation such as buses, taxis, planes, etc.
  • negotiate areas without sidewalks
  • qualify for training at a dog guide school if you choose that goal
Orientation - the process of using one's senses to establish position and relationship to significant objects in the environment. Skills learned in Orientation incorporate landmarks, clues, numbering systems, measurements, and compass direction. 
 
Mobility - the actual ability to travel safely and efficiently using sighted guide, self-protection, cane skills in outdoor residential travel and commercial travel, and mass transit
 

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An instructor at the Center teaches a student from rural

Alaska how a white cane can be an effective tool for

independent travel.