Can you name all four canes?
We want to increase awareness with the general public, to help blind and partially sighted people feel more at ease when using their canes. To do this, we've created a simple infographic that demonstrates what the different types of cane are, and what you'd use them for. You can download a fully accessible PDF of the infographic (65.62 KB) or read on to find out more about canes.
To say you have low but useful vision
You hold the symbol cane in front of you to let people around you know that you’re partially sighted. It’s particularly useful in busy places.
To find obstacles before they find you!
You hold a guide cane diagonally across your body and then use it to find obstacles in front of you such as kerbs or steps.
To avoid obstacles if you have restricted or no vision
Once you’ve been trained to use a long cane, you roll or tap it from side to side as you walk, to find your way and avoid obstacles.
Red and white banded cane
To show you have low hearing and vision
Red and white banded canes of all types show that you have a hearing impairment as well as sight loss.