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White Cane can bring independence

Bosma Enterprises - 11/24/2017 7:24:54 AM

The white cane is not only a tool, it is a symbol of freedom and independence. I remember the first time I embraced using a white cane. I got tired of depending on everyone else to take me places and worrying that I could never go anywhere alone. I was tired of explaining to people why I was walking slowly or why I might have bumped into them and feeling a need to apologize. However, once I started to carry a cane, I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I finally felt ok telling the world that I am a person with a visual impairment.

After receiving training, I will never forget taking a bus to the library by myself and attending a meeting on my own. I hadn’t done that since I had lost a significant amount of my vision. I started to feel like my old self again; like I could once again be in-charge of my independence. I also found that people were kinder to me because they knew why I could not make eye contact.  Sometimes, when you cannot make eye contact, people think you are antisocial or not a friendly person. I could not make eye contact because my remaining vision was peripheral and I could only see out of the lower quadrants of my eyes.
I know people sometimes look at me because I have a cane. When this occurs, I choose to think they are thinking that I am a confident, outgoing, person who happens to be blind rather than taking pity on “the poor blind guy.”
This year for #GivingTuesday please consider making a $50 donation to help others feel that heavy burden lifted off by buying a white cane. Donate now!