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… Continue reading White Cane Awareness Day
The world recently enjoyed Car Free Day and our timelines were treated to images of joyful cycling through streets, yoga on the roads & enthusiastic pedestrians strutting down the highway. Alongside this celebration, a recent report by think tank Common Wealth called for a car free London by 2030, but only mentioned disabled people once.… Continue reading Car Free Cities Risk Excluding Disabled People
As a visually impaired white cane user, there is nothing worse than walking straight into an unexpected hazard. Unfortunately in London there are now thousands of them. Dockless bike schemes exploded all over the capital, and the UK generally, in the last couple of years. These app based initiatives allow anyone to log in, pick… Continue reading Dockless Bikes – a navigational nightmare!
I live in a suburban family neighbourhood so I regularly encounter small children on my walk to work. My white cane totally fascinates them and I almost every day I over hear a loud “WHAT’S THAT MUMMY?” Parents seem to have two responses to this question, they either answer it or they shush the child,… Continue reading Don’t kids say the darndest things?
My wife and I love to travel. We’re blessed to have the financial freedom to be able to do it, and her job working for American Airlines goes a long way towards making those travels happen. When we both have a week off, you can bet that we’re going to be on a plane heading… Continue reading A Blind American in London
Ironically, visual impairment is often an invisible disability. That is until you use a white cane. Thinking back, I recognise how many coping mechanisms I had developed to compensate for the absence of a mobility aid like a white cane. From my slow penguin shuffle walk, to my tippy toe taps to feel my way… Continue reading Cane Accessories
The second part of my interview with Blind Abilities explores my journey of accepting the cane and applying for a guide dog. One of the best things about doing this interview with Jeff at Blind Abilities was the opportunity to open up more honestly about some of the struggles that I've had and the process… Continue reading Blind Abilities Podcast – Part 2
I love travelling to new places! I'm pretty courageous and I enjoy going off the beaten track. As well as the usual European city breaks, I've been to India several times by myself for work and pleasure, I've explored Marrakesh, and visited the States. However, travelling and holidaying when you have a visual impairment often… Continue reading Cane Adventures at Center Parcs
The best thing about using a cane is that it helps me find stuff before I bump into it. However, when I'm travelling around London, there is a lot of stuff to avoid bumping into! One of my biggest problems is street clutter. What is street clutter? Well it's different to street furniture like lamp… Continue reading Street Clutter
I started using a long white cane in September 2017. Although I was born with sight loss, it took me 28 years to realise that a long white cane was the solution to so many problems. I used to think that canes were only for totally blind people. I thought because I was registered partially… Continue reading Introducing my cane