Confessions of a Blind Guy | A Few Things Every New White Cane User Needs To Know

For those of you who don’t know, I suffer from a hereditory eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, or RP for short. In the very last week of November 2012, after years of putting it off, I took the plunge and finally took up the option of being trained for a white cane, so that I can walk around more freely, and not rely on others as much. It all went well, and I was trained in about four weeks. I have now been using my cane for just over 6 months. For those of you who are thinking of giving cane training a go, I have written another post about my experience, that post will be the second in the series. In this post, i’m going to tell you a few things you need to know that should help you once you’ve finished your own cane training.

1. You Will Get Stared At.

It’s inevitable, people will stare at you. It’s mainly because they have no clue as to why you have a great big white stick in your hand.

2. People Will Talk About You.

It’s mainly based on ignorance. I don’t mind, you can come and ask me any questions about my cane. I did over hear someone once. It was a little girl, she must have been about 6 or 7 years old, and I was on the bus going to the supermarket. She asked her Mum, what’s that thing that man has? Oh he needs it to see. why? mummy? It kind of made me chuckle a little.

3. You Will Need Confidence.

It takes a lot to go out in public with your cane, especially your first time. As I said before, people will stare and talk about you, but the more you do it, the more you’ll get used to it.

4. Buy A Decent Pair of Gloves.

If it’s winter time when you’re using your cane, you’ll need gloves. I did my training in November, and it was absolutely freezing.

Those are just a few things I have picked up after using a white cane for six months.

Do you think I have left anything out? What things do you think all new white cane users need to know? Please let me know down below.

Luke x

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