There's a big debate in the blind and partially sighted community about whether canes should always be white, or if they can be colourful to represent a person’s individuality.
Snazzy, safe, or both? We asked five cane users to tell us what they think.
Maya-Liam: “I really think that the purple colour kind of expresses, that kind of alternative, rocker side to me, and I do get people saying, "Ooh what a lovely cane, what does it mean?" and it opens up conversations.”
Robert: “My eyesight tends to be worse at night, so I don’t think I would feel as safe at night with it being customized.”
Leah: “I really like that people are starting to customise their mobility aids, for any disability I think to be able to express who you are, to be able to make it feel less medical.”
Sassy: “Unless it’s accented, the tip and the handle, I think a cane should be white, because it’s the universal colour of understanding about visual impairment.”
Chloe: “I love that I can make it match my outfit or I can, like, be known as the person with the yellow walking stick, rather than the person who uses a walking stick.”
Over one-third of blind and partially sighted people said that they sometimes, frequently or always experience negative attitudes from the public in relation to their sight loss especially when using a white cane (My Voice, RNIB).
Watch our film that 'explains the cane'; and find out how Jana, Robert, Emma, Shuraiya, Maya-Liam and Georgie use theirs.