The History of the White Cane
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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