Hands free! in museums, at work or at school with the canesitter

Imagine that you need both hands available, but unfortunately one hand is always busy holding or pinching something. If you need a white cane for protection and want to get rid of it temporarily at every exhibit in the museum or at the voting booth for writing, or when changing in the gym, you are usually looking in vain. That’s why I developed the Canesitter. A quick clamp that can be adapted to any color design, suitable for any white cane.

Der Langstockhalter an einem Museumsexponat

Compact, shapely, durable, inexpensive and available in dozens of colour combinations.

canesitter Langstockhalter
über 60 Farbkombinationen sind möglich

For further information and ordering please contact service@canesitter.com. 

Here you can find more info: canesitter.com

Der Langstockhalter an einem Exponatetisch im Museum

The standard module: Housing dark grey, clamp black costs 24,99€ incl. VAT. All other colours and combinations cost 29,75€ incl. VAT. The delivery time is currently about two weeks.



Das nationale Umsetzungsgesetz zum EAA für private Unternehmen

Eine unmittelbare Verpflichtung der privaten Unternehmen in Deutschland ergibt sich erst aus der nationalen Gesetzgebung. Dennoch ist es für Unternehmen heute schon wichtig und vorausschauend, sich auf die Rechtsentwicklung einzustellen.

Die Regelung gilt für Produkte, die nach dem 28. Juni 2025 in Verkehr gebracht, und Dienstleistungen, die nach dem 28. Juni 2025 erbracht werden.

Was ist also demnächst barrierefrei zu gestalten?

Die Richtlinie verpflichtet unter anderem, den gesamten Online-Handel barrierefrei zu gestalten. Lediglich Kleinstunternehmen, die weniger als zehn Beschäftigte und höchstens einen Jahresumsatz oder eine Jahresbilanzsumme von 2 Millionen Euro haben, sind ausgenommen.

Außerdem müssen Hardware-Systeme für die Benutzer/-innen barrierefrei gestaltet werden und zwar einschließlich der Oberflächen bzw. Schnittstellen wie Betriebssysteme. Also alle Computer, Smartphones und Tablets sowie natürlich Bestell- oder Zahlungsterminals, die sich in einer realen Verkaufsstelle befinden (natürlich auch ein Kartenlesegerät im Supermarkt oder auch eine Parkuhr im öffentlichen Raum).

Weitere Verpflichtungen zur barrierefreien Gestaltung betreffen:

  • Bankdienstleistungen, einschließlich Geldautomaten, worunter auch Bankautomaten zu verstehen sind
  • die elektronische Kommunikation
  • den Zugang zu audiovisuellen Medien.  Zu den audiovisuellen Medien zählen nicht nur die audiovisuellen Angebote aller öffentlich-rechtlichen sondern auch die der privaten Fernsehanstalten.
  • Video-on-Demand-Angebote (Fernsehen auf Abruf), die von internationalen Streaming-Diensten verbreitet werden
  • die Barrierefreiheit audiovisueller Mediendienste werden in einer eigenen Richtlinie geregelt (2018/1808).
  • E-Books
  • Aspekte der Personenverkehrsdienste bezogen auf alle vier Verkehrsträger: Flug, Bahn, Bus und Schiff.


Welche Anforderungen sind umzusetzen?

  • Grundverständnis = es geht um maximale Nutzung durch Menschen mit Behinderungen, nicht um Gleichberechtigung
  • Die bauliche Umwelt, in der Dienstleistungen erbracht werden, die von der Richtlinie erfasst werden, müssen den Barrierefreiheitsanforderungen genügen

    Vorgaben für die nationale Umsetzung

    • Die Richtlinie ist bis zum 28. Juni 2022 in nationales Recht umzusetzen
    • Die deutschen Gesetze müssen ab dem 28. Juli 2025 angewandt werden

How helpful is Braille lettering?

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We often hear that question. Some time ago, the news was spread that hardly anyone still needs or learns Braille today because there are audio books and voice output on computers and smartphones. It is also repeatedly stated that most blind people are not capable of reading and writing Braille at all.

What is true and what is wrong? Here we look at facts.

Only apparently the age structure of blind people is the same as that of sighted people. But that is not true. As almost everyone’s eyesight declines over the course of their lives and some people even become very poor, older people are often classified as severely visually impaired or blind. Some go blind due to an accident, macular degeneration or inflammation of the eyes. There are many causes of visual impairment. Most occur in the course of life and not at birth. Thus the age pyramid is turned upside down in blind people.

What does this have to do with literacy?

While every blind child goes to school and learns to read and write with Braille, this is of course not the case for older people. They do not go to school, but in the best case they do trainings. Everyone can learn Braille, but not everyone wants to.  Some people don’t have the strength or motivation to learn Braille when they get older. That is regrettable but a fact. Older people do not find it so easy to learn and they have not developed the sensitivity in their fingers to keep the points apart. They have to acquire the sensitivity first. This is more difficult with increasing age. Most people who are over 50 years old and then go blind fall off the grid. So they become illiterate in old age. Here, large, palpably raised fonts help to highlight keywords. This is called profile writing or pyramid writing. However, reading them takes an extremely long time and is no alternative to Braille. However, it is the only form of readable font for this group. In the USA an experiment with fatal consequences was carried out when in the 90s it was believed that audio output on the computer was sufficient. Braille was not taught for years. A whole generation of blind Americans were thus deprived of their future. None of these people find a job on the regular job market as illiterates. Today, blind students are taught to read and write again at all schools. The children have a right to it like every seeing child.

Who can do Braille? How many are there?

All children who are born blind or blind in the first 16 years of life learn Braille reading and writing at school. After that, braille learning is optional, but almost everyone who goes blind under the age of 50 learns braille! Together these are about a third, that is roughly 50,000 people in Germany.

Is braille then worthwhile?

Definitely and without reservation, yes! Because a world without written information, without reading and writing leads inevitably to illiteracy and thus to absolute lack of opportunity on the job market and in the further training and complicates the participation in the social life completely substantially. For the group of blind people, not offering braille is often a lack of information and dependence on those who see by chance. Both are unacceptable for human rights and the individual. The question of the absolute number of beneficiaries is often asked in order to ask whether this can be justified financially. With the same argument one would have to question elevators, escalators, cycle paths, roads and the Internet in more remote areas and much more. Some of these would not have no alternative – Braille, on the other hand, does. „But I have never had a blind visitor here before“ is of course the result of the lacking or inadequate offer. Why should a blind person go to a museum where there is nothing for him except an overview map and an audio guide?

How to do the right thing?

The prerequisite for the chance of participation is that information is actually provided in Braille. Everywhere and as much as possible. Compared to visual communication, however, it remains a fraction. This is the sign we have to set. This sign is a non-negotiable must if one speaks of an inclusive society. A society in which we also want to live when we are old or have temporary impairments, permanent disabilities ourselves or with relatives. We all want to continue to be able to make our contribution to working life and family life and not be excluded.

Understood. And where should Braille be used?

Wherever it makes it easier or even impossible to distinguish between products. Where the autonomy of a blind person is made possible by receiving information or being able to operate devices without being forced to ask someone (of course he is still free). Where education and knowledge transfer becomes possible. Where orientation is made easier.

Untersuchungen zeigen, dass inklusives Design die Kundenreichweite um das Vierfache steigern kann

Studien, die vom Centre for Inclusive Design in Zusammenarbeit mit Adobe und Microsoft durchgeführt wurden, haben ergeben, dass Produkte und Dienstleistungen, die auf die gesamte Breite der Bedürfnisse von Menschen zugeschnitten sind, das Vierfache der Zahl der Nutzer erreichen können.

Inklusionsdenken früh in die Konzeptphase einbeziehen, verhindert Zusatzkosten

„Untersuchungen zeigen, dass inklusives Design die Kundenreichweite um das Vierfache steigern kann“ weiterlesen