Two people shouted at me & one tried to grab my cane out of my hand.
I pulled back & shouted “don’t grab me! Just move!”
Never ever touch a white cane, it’s my eyes! #JustAskDontGrab
Their first reaction?
To grab my cane holding arm & yank it hard. Again I shouted “DON’T grab me!”
Why do people do this?! Why do they grab the thing that helps!
You don’t know what you’re doing. It’s specialist equipment, used with experience & training.
It is basically NEVER helpful to grab a white cane, wheelchair or service animal.
It will hurt someone or break something.
You won’t catch THE BLINDNESS. I won’t shatter into a million pieces.
What I will do is exactly what my training says, I stop & I wait. I’ll check again in a bit to find a way round.
So what should you do?
Don’t pull or push or drag. Say “hi, sorry it’s just busy here / there’s a sleeping bear / tree / construction works... can I guide you round?”
It’s easy. #JustAskDontGrab