How long does it take the average person (either sighted or blind) to learn to use the guide cane successfully for mobility purposes?
Because required training times will depend on many individual specific factors, such as willingness of the subject to undergo an arduous training program, age, possible additional disabilities, IQ/education etc., the best answer would be an average training time in a group of subjects that learned to use the cane from scratch (i.e., naive subjects at the start of the study). Ideally, it would be an answer expressed in hours of training time, because some measure expressed in weeks or months cannot easily be translated in how much time was actually spent on cane training. For example, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of extreme cases (very swift learners and non-learners), but anecdotal sample cases telling me that person A mastered it in a few weeks and person B not at all, isn't too helpful, unfortunately (I would like to refer to numbers in a manuscript I am preparing).
Ideally, the source should be a scientific publication, or obtained from a credible source, such as the NFB. I have been searching quite a bit, but without success.