[access-uk] Re: long canes

Hi Andy

You definitely get surface detection once you get used to the larger tip.  I've 
had people ask why the end is like a ball, but I've had no major mishaps with 
it.  The Ambutech cane is very tough and not easily bent.  The cane I had 
before that would get bent like a banana when someone stood on it.  The 
Ambutech also has a nice rubber portion on the top, and I've learnt over the 
years to just hold it very loosely in my hand rather than grip it as I move.

This might sound a stupid thing to say, but I love my cane.  It's a part of me 
and who I am, and I just don't have any hang-ups about using it.


Jackie Cairns
Braille Specialist
Email: jackie.cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sight and Sound Technology Ltd
Welton House North Wing
Summerhouse Road
Moulton Park
Northampton
NN3 6WD
Tel: 01604 798024
Mob: 07887 883815
www.sightandsound.co.uk
-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
ANDY COLLINS
Sent: 24 March 2010 18:40
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: long canes

Jackie - does the jumbo detect difference in surface texture as well as the 
standard roller does; I'm all in favour of a smoother operation to protect the 
wrist, but also appreciate the feedback I get from the roller tip, which can 
tell me where I am by surface difference.

I've had roller tips snapped off by people standing on the end of my cane 
before now, I don't suppose the jumbo is a tougher construct?

Andy
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 5:17 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: long canes


> Hi Peter
>
> I agree with you entirely.  When the Rehab Officer asked me to try the 
> jumbo roller, I wasn't sure if I'd get used to it, but I have, and I 
> find it is better on my wrist.  The only time I lift it for a tap on 
> the ground is when I'm trying to use an echo for my location, then it's 
> useful.
>
>
> Jackie Cairns
> Braille Specialist
> Email: jackie.cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sight and Sound Technology 
> Ltd Welton House North Wing Summerhouse Road Moulton Park Northampton
> NN3 6WD
> Tel: 01604 798024
> Mob: 07887 883815
> www.sightandsound.co.uk
> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of Peter Beasley
> Sent: 24 March 2010 17:00
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: long canes
>
> Personally I use a jumbo roller as it is much bigger and doesn't snag 
> in bad pavements as easilyas the standard roller does. The pavements 
> are particularly bad where I live, but if that is not the case in your 
> area, maybe the standard roller will be ok for you.
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> Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 4:43 PM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: long canes
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> Hi,
>
> Can't answer the second question but yes you would get the VAT exempt 
> price if buying as an individual.
>
> Just out of interest, I'm surprise you've being charged for  the tip.  
> Our local disability provisions are governed by the local Council and 
> they have always said just to call them and they will sort out tips.  
> Not that I've replaced mine in forever, but just surprised.
>
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> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of ANDY COLLINS
> Sent: 24 March 2010 16:37
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] long canes
>
> Hi all -
>
> Since choosing no longer to be a guide dog owner, the GDBA have 
> supplied me with a long cane [Revolution with roller tip], but now 
> that I need a new tip, they say I have to fund my own, or try social services.
>
> I've just looked at the RNIB website, under long canes, and can see my 
> Revolution cane listed. Firstly, I assume I would be charged the VAT 
> free price? and secondly, can somebody tell me about the different 
> tips for this cane? I can't quite figure out the advantages of one 
> over another, like I say, I have been using the roller tip, which 
> seems to have good durability for street work, what are the pros and 
> cons of the other tips over the roller tip?
>
> Thanks for any help -
>
> Andy
>
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