"In order for guide canes and symbol canes to be effective, they need to be understood. Somehow, some time ago, the people who came up with these valuable low-vision solutions only did half the job. They didn’t put the resources needed into raising public awareness and, as a result, the cane has become symbolically too blunt an instrument."
I appreciated this post because D'Innella speaks to the unique experience of being partially sighted. Like D'Innella, I selectively use my assistive devices, including long white canes and my service dog. D'Innella sends a strong and empowering message by confidently navigating the world as she sees fit (yep, pun intended). I am still learning to embrace partial sightedness; depending on my company and context, I often continue to feel self-conscious when I use my cane, even when doing so is assistive.