Confessions of a Blind Guy | the RNIB’s How I See Campaign | The Cane Debate

The RNIB have recently launched another strand to their fantastic How I See campaign, all about whether or not the long Cane that’s used by many Blind and Visually Impaired people should remain White or should be coloured and customised, and I thought that I would share some of my opinions about it with you.

In my opinion, I think that it’s fantastic that there are now different coloured Canes available, as even though I love my trusty White Cane, it does look rather plain, and doesn’t really show off any of my extremely loud personality.

Now I understand the argument that people all over the world already recognise that a person who is using a White Cane is either Blind or Visually Impaired, and that changing the colour of our Canes could cause some confusion. But I think that with a little bit of education, most people will come to learn that any person holding a Cane, whether it’s a Pink, Blue, Purple or Green one, will be Blind or Visually Impaired.

I also understand the argument that our Canes don’t need to change entirely, and that we could just change their handles and tips, therefor keeping the main White bodies of our Canes. I also think that this is a great idea, as it means that the general public don’t need any extra education to recognise that a person using a Cane is Blind or Visually Impaired, as well as allowing us to still show off a little bit of our personalities.

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.

Overall I think that it comes down to a personal preference as to whether or not you want to use a coloured Cane, just change your handle and tip, or stick with the traditional White Cane. I would personally prefer to use a different coloured Cane, as I think that it would allow me to show off a little bit of my personality, as well as create a little bit of a talking point amongst the people who see me using it. I would also really like to own a collection of different coloured Canes, as I would love to be able to match my Cane to whatever i’m wearing or feeling like on that particular day. For example, I could pair an entirely Black outfit with a Red Cane to give my look a much needed pop of colour.

What do you think? Would you prefer to use a coloured Cane, change the colour of your Canes handle and tip, or stick with the traditional White Cane? What do you think of the RNIB’s How I See campaign? Please let me know down below.

Luke x

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