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Using a stick to get around

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HealthWiki > A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities > Using a stick to get around


a woman standing with a stick that is attached to her wrist by a cord.
The best length for a stick is one that reaches from the ground to halfway between your waist and shoulders.

If you are blind or have difficulty seeing, using a stick to get around can give you confidence, especially for walking in places you are not familiar with. The longer the stick, the faster you will be able to walk, because the stick will help you feel the area ahead of your steps. The stick should be made from wood that is strong, but not too heavy or thick, so it is easy to carry all day. The top of the stick, where you hold it, should be thicker and can be curved or straight. You can also attach a cord to the handle that will fit loosely around your wrist. This will help prevent the stick from getting dropped or lost. Each day, before leaving home, check your stick for any breaks or cracks by feeling along the whole length. Ask someone to help
if necessary.