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Mobility is the ability to move about or navigate a space from one point to another. When designing spaces for people with vision loss, it is important to have an understanding of mobility. This section will provide you with an overview of how people with vision loss travel.

In general, people with vision loss choose one of several methods for mobility:

A diagram showing four examples of people with vision loss and the space required for each:
  • An individual with a white cane: 750 mm
  • An individual with two forearm canes: 920 mm
  • An individual being guided on the arm of another individual: 1,200 mm
  • An individual with a guide dog: 1,200 mm

Specific types of mobility aids include: