[nabs-l] Pimp My Cane

Jamie Principato blackbyrdfly at gmail.com
Mon Mar 29 22:56:21 UTC 2010


If the law allows a blind person to not use a cane at all, then there is
nothing that prohibits a blind person from using a cane of a different
color. It would be no different from carrying a colored stick just for the
hell of it.

On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 3:41 PM, Aziza Cano <daydreamingncolor at gmail.com>wrote:

> But, legally does this apply to different colored canes? I think that
> section refers to people who choose not to use a travel aid, like the high
> parcials that do not wish to use a cane. Just a thought.
> Aziza
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>  In all of the White Cane Laws that I've seen, there is a secotion that
>> says that no blind person shall be held accountable if not using a
>> white cane or guide dog. I don't recall the exact wording for my
>> state, but it basically say that a blind person cannot be made
>> accountable through negligence for not having a white cane or guide
>> dog. I don't see why a person couldn't have a black cane, red cane, or
>> rainbow cane, if they wanted. Just don't expect epople to recognize
>> your visual impairment if you don't have a white cane. Be prepared to
>> do more explaining, and explaining why you don't have a white cane.
>>
>> ~Jewel
>>
>> On 3/29/10, Briley Pollard <brileyp at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I did consider the matching with purse and shoes aspect too... but maybe
>>> that is because I'm admittedly a bit overly conscious of things matching.
>>> On Mar 29, 2010, at 3:40 AM, Sarah Jevnikar wrote:
>>>
>>>  Hi all,
>>>> I used to decorate my cane for every season or holiday when I was
>>>> younger
>>>> and I think it's a cool idea but I have different concerns.
>>>>
>>>> I'm sorry; I feel like a party pooper but here they are.
>>>>
>>>> Decorated canes are fun but what do they say about us? Unprofessional
>>>> comes
>>>> to mind, as most of us are at the age where we're looking for summer or
>>>> full-time employment. But perhaps temporary decorations would be ok ...
>>>>
>>>> Now on a different note, a cane spans from the belt area (and purse area
>>>> too, depending on your preference or length of strap) to a person's
>>>> shoes.
>>>> So, which should it match? Belt/purse or shoes? Or should they all
>>>> coordinate?
>>>>
>>>> Just something to ponder.
>>>>
>>>> Sarah Jevnikar
>>>>
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>>>> Behalf
>>>> Of Jedi
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>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Pimp My Cane
>>>>
>>>> It seems to me the question we should be asking is why canes are white
>>>> in the first place.
>>>>
>>>> Originally, the cane was painted white as a way of telling drivers to
>>>> stop for the blind. It was a member of the Lions Club that had the idea
>>>> in the first place because he observed a blind man having difficulty in
>>>> crossing a street because there was too much traffic. Now, we say that
>>>> the white cane makes it easier to see us and so cars are required to
>>>> stop. It is also worth noting that cars are supposed to stop for all
>>>> pedestrians. So what we are saying is that blind people need more
>>>> notice. Why? I agree that until electric cars make noise, they do need
>>>> to stop for us because we can't hear them. But again, they should stop
>>>> for everyone because no one can really hear them.
>>>>
>>>> The white cane laws are civil rights laws that basically say that blind
>>>> people cannot be automatically held accountable for any injuries that
>>>> occur to them based on the idea that they should know better than to be
>>>> out in the world in the first place. Are we now saying that if the cane
>>>> isn't white so people know we're blind, then any accidents that occur
>>>> as a result are our fault? White cane laws require that blind people
>>>> should be treated as anyone else whether injuries occur or not. The
>>>> white cane laws also say that a blind person shall not be discriminated
>>>> against as we travel in the world. Really and truly, the laws were
>>>> meant to protect the person, not the cane itself.
>>>>
>>>> What I'm getting at is this. The white cane is currently a symbol by
>>>> which the sighted recognize us by, and that symbol tells the sighted
>>>> that they need to treat us a certain way. . Would things really change
>>>> if we changed the colors of our canes? Or would attitudes have to
>>>> change because now we're saying that it really isn't the responsibility
>>>> of the sighted to look out for the blind specifically? What do you
>>>> think?
>>>>
>>>> Respectfully,
>>>> Jedi
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Original message:
>>>>
>>>>> Greetings,  Knowing some of the lawyers that I do, they could
>>>>> definitely
>>>>> make that argument stick in court.
>>>>> I don't blame you if you want to paint your cane, but your question
>>>>> should
>>>>> definitely be considered carefully before you do it.
>>>>> I do know someone who has a few support canes which happen to
>>>>> coordinate
>>>>> with her outfits, but her white cane is definitely still white.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  Have fun with your new one no matter what color it turns out to be.
>>>>> Maryann Migliorelli
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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