Today, 15th of October is observed as White Cane Safety Day, which celebrates the symbol of independence — the white cane. The white cane is a long cane that helps someone with low vision or vision loss navigate and avoid obstacles on the road. It is their visual aid that helps identify dents, platform edges, steps, uneven surfaces. Some of them choose to use a cane to move around while others use it to let people know about their visual impairment. It is important to understand that not all of them are entirely blind or have the same eye condition.
There are different types of canes like mushroom tip, roller tip or straight tip, used for different purposes. Here’s a little information about some of them:
There are instances of people mistaking the canes for selfie stick, mallet or even a sword. Yes, that seems like quite a leap! It would make a world of difference to be well informed and inclusive as a society. Offer to help but ask them if they need assistance before dragging their sticks.
White cane is a symbol of freedom to inform others without having to explain or ever be apologetic. Happy white cane safety day!