Confessions of a Blind Guy | My Coloured Cane Experiment

As some of you probably already know, after getting involved with one of the RNIB’s How I See campaigns all about whether Canes should stay white or if they should be coloured to represent our individualities, I recently upgraded my boring old White Cane to a very bright and glossy Red one. One of the arguments towards Canes staying White was that Coloured Canes may not be as safe, and that everyone recognises a White Cane as the universal symbol for being Blind or Visually Impaired. Well i’ve been using my Coloured Cane for a little while now, and I thought that I would tell you if that in fact is the case.

To truly find out whether or not people actually notice a White Cane more than a Coloured Cane, I conducted a little experiment.

Now I only tried this with a White Cane and a Red Coloured Cane, so the results may be slightly different depending on the colour of your Cane, but I travelled through Leeds Train Station, which is actually one of the busiest Train Stations in the UK, at 5:30pm on an extremely busy Friday afternoon.

me wearing a bright yellow t-shirt and a pair of light blue jeans holding a long white cane, on a bright red brick background.

A picture of me holding my White Cane.

What happened when I used a White Cane.

When I travelled through Leeds Train Station with a White Cane, I was nearly walked in to and was shouted at by extremely rude people a total of nine times, and was actually walked in to and had my collapsible Cane forcibly collapsed on me a total of five times.

me stood on some grey stone paving in front of a large rectangular window wearing a medium green jacket, a bright blue jumper, a pair of black trousers, and a pair of black Leather boots holding a long red cane, on a light background.

A picture of me holding my Red Cane.

What happened when I used a Coloured Cane.

When I travelled through Leeds Train Station with a Coloured Cane, I was nearly walked in to and was shouted at by extremely rude people a total of three times, and was actually walked in to and had my collapsible Cane forcibly collapsed on me only once.

My overall thoughts.

Overall I would have to say that using a Coloured Cane is definitely better than using a White Cane, as judging by the results of my little experiment, people are more aware of something that’s brightly coloured. But like I said in my previous post about the RNIB’s How I See campaign, I still think that it’s a personal preference as to whether or not you want to use one.

Now as I said above, my little experiment wasn’t exactly scientific, but I do think that it gave some really interesting results.

What kind of Cane do you use? Would you ever consider using a Coloured Cane? What do you think my little experiment shows us? Please let me know down below.

Luke x

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2 Comments:

  1. I definitely want a colored cane! I might try this experiment on my YouTube channel and see what I find out here in the US.

  2. I’d rather accessorise myself than my cane, but I have put tinsel round it for Christmas a few times.I guess I see it more as a functional thing rather than part of my outfit to be personalised, and it is useful that a lot of people know what a white cane is for. Still, what other people do is totally their choice and I think your experiment had some interesting results. Just a shame you encountered so many rude people though.

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