I had just about given up hope but that dogged persistence paid off in huge dividends. Recently, or shall I say off and on for a while now I’ve been thinking of ways to bling out my white cane. So when I connected with Alice Lynch of Braille Design I was quite excited to find out that she designs these custom-made sparkly cane charms. To see the post on
Since it’s no secret that I have an affinity for anything sparkly I loved the idea of adding an accessory to my white cane because quite frankly in my opinion it’s boring. I get that orientation and mobility is the white cane’s major purpose. In addition the use of the cane serves as a visual indicator to the public that its user has a visual impairment but why does it have to be so dull?
My reasoning in being so dubious of using the white cane was three-fold:
- I hadn’t yet come to terms with my vision impairment
- I was afraid of the negative connotation associated with it
- I felt I would be giving up a bit of my individuality
After stubbornly refusing to use the white cane for a couple of years I reached the point where if I thought I’d look silly with it then I really looked sillier without it. Taking tentative steps everywhere I went because I was unsure of my footing, reaching out awkwardly in the air as if my hands held a secret power to keep me from falling. I’d come to the realization my feelings toward the white cane were internal and in order for me to regain some semblance of normalcy it was time to acquiesce.
Once I began using the white cane my thought process turned to how can I make this cane uniquely mine? Of course the first thing that came to mind was incorporating bling but how to do it in a tasteful manner that would not detract from the importance of the cane’s function. Using the cane charms from Braille Design was a very easy, quick and elegant solution but I still couldn’t let go of that seed of an idea to make a change to the cane itself.
AmbuTech, the company from which I received my very first white cane, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of mobility canes and mobility aids for the blind and visually impaired. So I began my search there since my cane is so beat up it needs refurbished and to my amazement I came to a website with a black background and these neon colors. Upon closer inspection the neon colors were the handles of AmbuTech’s new line of white canes. My immediate reaction was “where do I sign up for one?”
That was several weeks ago. After that initial sighting I couldn’t locate the colored canes on AmbuTech’s site and I thought it was a figment of my imagination. Then lo and behold, today I was able to breathe a sigh of relief when I managed to locate the newest line of canes on AmbuTech’s FaceBook page.
Admittedly neon is not my color of choice but after further investigation I found these really nice walking canes on www.fashionablecanes.com that I’m going to use as a template to update my new white cane. I’m thinking I just may get with my friend Alice Lynch to check the possibility of her creating a decorative rhinestone encrusted collar for my cane that similar to the walking canes. I’ve said many, many times that black & white are my favorite go to colors and I’d much rather stay with this combination while adding a bit of sparkle.
Pink Pearlz Designer Adjustable Cane
This feminine, elegant walking cane displays a myriad of swirling colors that create a marble effect you are sure to love. With a blend of different tones of pink and contrasting white, this piece will add a splash of beautiful color to any wardrobe. A dazzling rhinestone encrusted collar connects the comfortable handle the sturdy aluminum shaft. Perfect for both casual and formal dress, the comfortable derby-style handle and lightweight aluminum shaft are constructed for quality and sure to last for years to come.
White Pearlz w/ Rhinestone Collar and Black Swirl Designer Adjustable Cane
This cane is both bold and beautiful, featuring a stunningly classic black and white paisley pattern that makes it perfect for any event big or small. The derby style handle is made from folded white and clear acrylic, giving it that pearlescent striking look. To add just that little bit of flair into such a classic beauty, we have set three rows of rhinestones between two silver collars.
Creme Pearlz Designer Adjustable Cane
Elegant craftsmanship of a durable yet lightweight adjustable cane with a creamy white marbled derby-style handle uniquely designed to imitate real marble yet is very lightweight and not top-heavy. The handle is joined to an artistic aluminum shaft with a painted classic paisley styled finish and is very sturdy with a wide durable tip.
The colorful and sturdy aluminum shaft is classically detailed complimenting the marble styled handle and is joined with an attractive metal collar for extra durability creating a lovely cane that correlates well with a variety of styles from casual to formal.
Long ago I realized that my personal style was so much more than how I dress. It is emulated in my home, my work, my beliefs and all that I do so why shouldn’t it also be reflected in my white cane which is an extension of me?
“Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.” ~Jean Sibelius