Where to Go, Where Not: The White Cane – Tips on Mobility and Care

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The white cane is one of the most crucial tools in the life of a blind person. Its use significantly enhances mobility, self-confidence, and allows individuals to feel more independent from sighted relatives and friends. Additionally, the cane serves as a signal to passersby that the person in front of them is blind, rather than being intoxicated or under the influence of substances. 

It’s not uncommon to hear stories of blind people being stopped by the police with inquiries about substance use if they move without a cane or cling uncertainly to a companion, as blindness isn’t always visibly apparent. Therefore, if you’re being discouraged from mastering the white cane by those who are always ready to accompany you, it’s essential to resist such opinions and learn to navigate with our “white friend” – the cane, even when walking with those who have a well-established accompanying mechanism. 

Today’s post will focus on caring for the white cane and treating it with respect during travel.

a blind man walking

Tips During Movement

When moving across various surfaces, try not to hit them hard. Using folding canes may lead to loose joints or their stiff fixation, which can significantly complicate folding later on.

Rushing and thoughtless movements can damage the cane, getting it caught in cracks on the road, car wheels, drain grates, partially open sewer manholes, or other obstacles that may lead to the loss of the tip, the cane itself, or broken segments. Try to stay attentive and maintain concentration!

Remember that it’s recommended to fold the cane only in case of extreme necessity, as frequent folding can lead to the stretching of the elastic, and in case of a breakage, it would be difficult to repair it without specialized workshops. If you often visit places where many visually impaired people are present, it’s better to decorate your “magic wand” – the cane with some charms, rhinestones, or stickers to avoid confusion and possible misunderstandings.

a blind person with a cane

Care Tips

Do not wash the cane under running water to avoid damaging the rotating tip, reflective film, elastic, and the material as a whole.

Regularly treat the handle with antiseptic solutions to prevent the accumulation of bacteria. Choose products that will not harm the rubber coating.

If you’ve been out in bad weather or visited places with a lot of dirt and sand, dry the cane with a clean cloth or cleaning wipes.

Following these simple instructions, you can keep your cane in good condition for a long time. As it is known, a convenient and familiar tool is the key to comfortable and safe mobility. Our portal congratulates all blind individuals on the recent White Cane Safety Day and wishes you good health!