The white cane is the symbol for blind or visually impaired people. It is commonly known that a person walking with a white cane is visually impaired.
This post will be about the psychologic effect of the white cane on the environment, more specifically on me and you.
Whenever I see someone walking with a white cane, I automatically pay more attention to that person. For example, I will make sure that he has enough space to pass by. When a visually impaired person without a white a cane would accidentally bump into me, I would probably scold him. But if I know that he is blind, by using the white cane, I would not mind it. I probably would even excuse myself for getting in their way.
Another example is when a visually impaired person would come up to me in the supermarket and asks me to read the description of some food for him. If I don’t know that he is blind, I would probably polity read it but thinking what kind of weird person it is.
How would you react when you are in these situations? What do you think about using the white cane as a visual guide for the environment? With all these new technology, do you think it is still needed for visually impaired people to show they are visually impaired. Will people be less intolerant towards them when they don’t know they are visually impaired?