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Yesterday my cane tapped a pram blocking the tactile pavement at a pedestrian crossing.

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
The same exactly thing happened this morning, walking along the platform, & my white cane caught someone’s feet.

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!
It’s simple, don’t touch disabled people’s mobility aids.

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.
If a white cane taps you, calm the fuck down.

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?

If you can’t move, offer assistance, with your words.

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
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