The number of Crayola crayon colours has increased from 8 to 133 since 1903; Nestlé introduced the blue Smartie in 1988; and while once it was just a cup of coffee, today it's a tall non-fat extra foam one pump toffee nut soy cappuccino. I guess it was only a matter of time before the white cane underwent its own revolution.
Ambutech recently launched its collection of coloured mobility, guide, identification, and support canes. The canes come in a wide variety of fashionable colours, including canary yellow, pumpkin orange, fuchsia pink, forest green, cardinal red, violet purple, royal blue, antique gold, and midnight black.
For almost a century the white cane has been a symbol of blindness. You are probably wondering how will people know that the person has vision loss if they are not using a standard white cane. Well… maybe that's the whole point.
People may have a variety of reasons for choosing a cane with colour. For example, my friend recently purchased a royal blue cane because of the increased contrast when travelling in snowy conditions. A teenager I know was reluctant to use a white cane until she found out it was available in fuchsia pink, her favourite colour. Or maybe you want your cane to complement your wardrobe.
Whatever your reason, the coloured cane is a great alternative to winter white, don't you think?