The History of the White Cane

The color and length matters
Today’s typical mobility cane is white with a red strip

The colors and length of the mobility can make a difference to the safety of a blind individual. I am learning more every day about this topic and wanted to share what I’ve gleaned over the past few weeks.

Lynda Jones, a colleague in the peer mentor program for VisionAware, has researched the history of white canes for White Cane Safety Day. She reported back several times colors of the canesharing her excitement as she dug deeper  into her topics and explored the use, the color (s) and opinions about cane safety. She has interviewed a variety of people involved with canes, from orientation and mobility instructors, manufacturers, and cane users. She also looked at the safety laws.

Her excitement was infectious and I think we all caught onto it and were eager to read the article as it came together.  I have learned a lot through her research. I’m so pleased to share Lynda’s article with you.

In Part 1, Lynda shares the impact of colors on the new, long mobility cane and a thorough background of how it came to be white. As a member of the Lions Club, it was so interesting for me to read about the role the International Lions Club played in making the cane safer for blind pedestrians. cane safety

Click on the link to read Lynda’s article on the VisionAware site.

Take a moment to share the most interesting fact you learned about the long mobility cane in the Comments below. How much did you already know about cane use before reading this article? 

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4 thoughts on “The History of the White Cane

  • October 19, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I haven’t ever seen one. Not only do I not get out, being disabled myself, but I’ve only seen white canes here in the UK.

  • October 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Francene,
    I think there is a little difference in white canes internationally. I will ask about the white canes in the UK in my sight support group. Thank you for sharing your experience and I hope you found it interesting. 🙂
    Thanks, as always, for your comment,

  • October 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Amy!

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a red or a white cane. Nor did I know there was a significant difference in the type of canes that are used by the blind. Heck, I just thought they all used the same “standard” kind.

    Goes to show you how much I know!

    – Bonnie

  • October 19, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Bonnie,
    SO nice to hear from you!
    I didn’t know either. I found her article really interesting! Today I am posting information on the debate of various cane colors vs the standard white cane. I hope you’ll drop by and read more about it. Thanks, and lovely to hear from you again!

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