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Long White Canes and Symbol Canes

In what circumstances would this equipment be provided?                                 

Where a child or young person with a visual impairment needs help to travel safely and independently.

Where is this equipment used?

Home, school, community and respite.

Who does this equipment belong to?

The Visual Impairment Team.

Typical Lifespan of equipment

12 months.

Who recycles this equipment?

The Visual Impairment Team.

How is it recycled? What is the process used?

Roller tip replaced with new part.

Is regular maintenance required?

Yes, checking condition.

Who is responsible for maintenance of equipment?

The Qualified Habilitation Specialist.

How is maintenance undertaken?

Check general condition and whether appropriate for height of user.

Is regular cleaning required?


Who is responsible for cleaning of equipment?

School staff or student.

How is cleaning undertaken?

Antibacterial wipes.

How often should the equipment be reviewed?

As required, based on useage or change of student circumstances.

Who should review the equipment?

A Qualified Habilition Specialist.

Are regular reviews and maintenance undertaken?


What happens when the equipment is no longer suitable or required?

Disposed of via Local Authority recycling depot.

Is insurance required?


Who to contact

Contact Position
Sensory Inclusion Service
01902 555910
Sensory Inclusion

Where to go

c/o Warstones Primary School
Warstones Road
West Midlands

Other Details


Equipment is funded from VI team Budget from High Needs Block funding.


Age Ranges
0 - 19 (19-25 dependant on funding)
Referral required
Referral Details

Who can make referrals for assessment for equiment?

A Qualified Habilitation Specialist.

How is assessment accessed?

Via service referral system or if already on caseload.

How is need assessed?

Through assessment by Qualified Habilitation Specialist.

How long will the assessment take and when will be the equipment be provided?

The assessment will take up to two hours.Equipment will be provided within four to six weeks depending on supplier stock and budget cycle.

Will equipment be provided new or recycled?

Usually new, but may recycle returned equipment.

How is equipment provided?

Delived and issued by Qualified Habilitation Specialist.

Is demonstration or training required prior to use?


Record Last Updated on: 27/08/2021

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