Nigeria Association of the Blind


Photogragh of the national president, Mr David Okon

white cane

Photogragh of the national women leader, Ms. Sarah Akinola


Canes and tips

All of our canes, with the exception of symbol canes, should initially be purchased with the advice of a professional, such as a Mobility Officer or Physiotherapist.

Symbol canes are used to indicate to others that you have a visual impairment. They are not designed to be used as mobility or support aid. Our range of symbol canes include telescopic and folding versions in a range of different lengths.

Guide canes can be used in a diagonal position across the lower part of the body for protection, or to scan for kerbs and steps and should always point to the floor. The cane should reach just above waist level when standing upright, with the tip of the cane touching the ground between your legs. Guide canes are not to be used for supporting a person's body-weight.

Long canes should only be used by people who have attended a specialist training course to attain a high level of safe and independent travel. A long cane should reach between the sternum (breastbone) and under the chin, when standing upright and the cane tip is touching the ground between your legs. The length and speed of the user's walking stride will also affect the length of cane required. Long canes are not to be used for supporting a person's body weight. Our long canes are available in ten different lengths, folding or rigid, with a straight or crook handle and fitted with various tips.

Children's canes are available in different lengths ranging from 60cm to 85cm, and can be made in a range of colours including pink, blue and yellow.

We offer three fitting styles of replacement cane tips: hook style, push-on style and thread style. For help in selecting the correct replacement tip for your cane, read our guide.

We strongly recommend that if you need a replacement cane tip or elastic then you should approach your Local Society or Social Services team for assistance. You can contact our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 for help in finding your local service. It is recommended that only the manufacturer's replacement parts are used.

All of the AmbuTech canes on our online shop can be obtained in a variety of additional colours, with your preferred tip or handle type and in a length to suit you. If you can't find what you are looking for, contact our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 with your requirements and quote 'special order'. Our special order canes have an extended delivery time of four to six weeks.----culled from RNIB Website


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