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Rope Guide
An adult male who with one hand is pulling a two-wheeled firewood cart and with the other is feeling the rope that runs from wood pile to house.

To navigate to specific sites in his yard, Decatur, IL, farmer Robert Miller (who is blind) uses a Rope Guide, which was first installed so that he could locate his wood-pile in order to bring wood into the house during winter. The Guide consists of steel posts driven into the ground about every 10 feet, with a nylon rope stretched between them. Finding the first stake when he comes out the door, Miller follows the rope line to the woodpile and back again. This guidance concept could also be used to walk to the mailbox, garden, picnic area, or any other location in the yard.

Estimated Cost Cost range: See below

Limitations Limitations Addressed by Product: Strength/endurance, Visual, Lower extremity

SourceRobert and Elizabeth Miller
Route 4, Box 264
Decatur, IL, 62521
Last updated: Dec 29, 2023

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