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White cane, black canes -- what's in a colour?
I currently use a black cane as I am between guide dogs. I will not have a new dog guide for about two years due to the waiting list. As such I am tip tapping it. So, I have elected to use the black cane.
I got my first black cane a few years ago and travelled with it. I found that that no matter where I went folks could figure out that I was blind, the cane worked exactly like the white one but I did not get the pity party. Nor did I get any nonsense from folks as I tip tapped by them.
As a person with no sight I do not need the public to distract me when I am concentrating on my surroundings and traversing from one place to another. So, I am promoting the black cane to celebrate independence and to move out of the “ohhh poor you” category and into a practical no nonsense approach to mobility.
You do not need a white cane to have folks know you are blind. Folks can figure this out very quickly themselves!!
When I was in San Diego using the black cane I got into an elevator. An older adult asked me… Are you from Canada? I had not said a word at up to that point. Before I answered I asked my question… Why do you ask that? The adult said… Well, you have a black cane. A bit dumbfounded, I answered okay, yes, I am from Canada but why did you think Canadians use a black cane. The adult then said because with all that snow if you dropped your cane it would be easier to find. Now, that really cracked me up!!!
So folks, join the Black Cane club and enjoy the freedom of being you not just a blind person needing assistance or unwanted pity. Enjoy the mobility of that black cane as you tip tap to your destination.