Bet you did not know these facts about white canes!
15 October, is a day the world celebrates the power of the white cane by marking it as White Cane Safety Day.
In honor of White Cane Safety Day, here are some interesting facts about the white cane that you may not know.
White canes are white because in 1930 George A. Bonham, who was the president of a local association in the United States, watched a blind man trying to cross a road. His cane was black and motorists could not see it. So Bonham suggested painting the cane white with a red stripe to make it more noticeable. The idea quickly became popular in the US.
White canes are going high-tech with inventors in India, United Kingdom and France adding ultrasonic devices to white canes. These help detect barriers up to nine feet away. Vibrations in the cane’s handle warn users of dangers in the path.
Most people who are blind do not use a white cane. People usually depend on their useable vision or a sighted guide or a guide dog.
There are three different kinds of white canes. One is the common mobility cane that is used to move around. Then there is a support cane, used by blind people who have mobility challenges. Then there is the ID cane, which is small and can be folded. This is used by people with partial sight to let others know they have a visual impairment.
Today’s modern, lightweight canes are usually made from aluminum, fiberglass or carbon fiber, and are very light in weight.