Amy walking down a street using a white cane. Photo is cropped so just her lower legs and white cane show. Amy is mid step, she wears black ballet pumps and leggings.

White Cane Awareness Day

October 15th is White Cane Awareness Day. I’ve put together this short video to raise awareness of how I navigate with my white cane and to encourage people to be more aware of their surroundings.

If you want to learn more about my white cane why not check out my other posts!

Learn all about how I use my white cane

Read my reflections on the negative attitudes I experience as a white cane user

Check out my blog for White Cane Awareness Day last year about accessorizing my cane

Amy stands in front of her. She wears a dark blue dress, black tights and ankle boots. Amy is looking into the distance with a half smile. She has blonde hair and glasses.
Photo by Kaye Ford

White Cane Awareness Day Video Description

Video starts. White text on black background, text reads “at number six. The wack n’ walk”. Camera from Amy’s perspective looking down at her white cane. Amy is walking along a wet pavement, a person crosses from her left, walking into the cane with force. The cane joints all separate and snap back together with the impact. The person is heard saying “sorry”. White text on a black background, text reads “at number five. The Mis-Step”. Camera from Amy’s perspective looking down at her white cane. Someone walks across the path of Amy’s cane, catching their foot as Amy sweeps. White text on black background. Text reads “at number four. The Hop and Dash”. Camera from Amy’s perspective looking down at her white cane.  Amy is walking through a tiled corridor. Someone walks across the path of the cane, they skip and jump over the cane as Amy sweeps it and walks forwards. White text on black background. Text reads “at number three. The panic swerve”. Amy is once again walking through a train station, two sets of feet dodge her cane, as she turns another two sets of feet dance on the spot over the cane. They are heard saying “oh oh oh! Sorry Sorry!” as they eventually step to the side. Black background white text. Text reads “at number two. The running jump”. Camera from Amy’s perspective looking down at her white cane. Amy is navigating down a set of stairs using her long cane. As she reaches the bottom and turns, a pair of legs run towards her and leap over the cane. Black background white text. Text reads, and in at number one. The kick and trip. Camera from Amy’s perspective looking down at her white cane. Amy is navigating through a busy crowd, multiple people dodge her white cane. One person kicks it aside, walking straight through Amy’s cane sweep. As Amy corrects the cane path and moves on, another person tries to step over the cane, trips and knocks into Amy. The camera shudders, the first person says “sorry” another voice shouts “watch it”. Black background white text. Text reads “My white cane is my eyes. Look where you are going, because I can’t.” Video ends.

 

2 thoughts on “White Cane Awareness Day”

  1. I love this video! It shows the perils of white cane usage for us users and those around us. Sometimes I get yelled at and even threatened because people aren’t paying attention and some others just can’t be bothered to give way to that annoying crazy man (me) that is swinging a cane at their feet like he can’t see where they are.

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