Category: Orientation and Mobility

Body Buddy

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-DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To aid children and adults with blindness and low vision in learning to use a long white cane safely and correctly. One of the most important things to learn is to keep the cane in front of the body, a difficult skill to master because the natural tendency is for the dominant arm to drop to the side of the body, causing an awkward swing with reduced protection from obstacles. The article describes a soft pillow that is carried by prssing it between the body and the cane arm. If the user's arm drops to one side, the pillow falls. The Body Buddy is sewed of synthetic fur with polyester stuffing. Facial features can be glued or stitched in place, creating a character. Once the user achieves a consistently correct posture, the Body Buddy becomes a stuffed toy. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Harpley, J. TITLE: Body Buddy. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 34 no. 1, Spring 2002: p. 25-26. PAGES: 2 2002.


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