The Yellow Dog Project states that "the Yellow Dog Project is an awareness, global mobilization, to help people recognize a dog that needs space (DINOS, Dog in need of space). By adding a small yellow ribbon to the leash, we hope to give owners and general public the ability to identify dogs that are not ready to say hi. This includes dogs that have had surgery, are in training, just need space, or are in a rehab/rescue program."
Here is a one of their posters:
While people should ask before approaching a dog and dog owners should keep their dogs under control, I see no reason not to add a "Do Not Approach" yellow ribbon. But I want a "Do Not Approach" ribbon, too.
Just as there are many reasons why a dog may need space, there are many reasons why a person may need space. Many people with Sensory Processing Disorder need space. Many people with other disorders need space. Heck, most people need space at certain times or on certain days. I can see a poster for this. Very similar to the one above, but substitute "person" for "dog" and "people" for "dogs". A few other modifications. Replace the pictures of dogs with leashes that have yellow ribbons with pictures of people wearing...umm...indigo ribbons. And we have The Indigo People Project.
Yes! I can wear a little indigo ribbon that will give the general public the ability to identify that I am not ready to say hi. No more awkward moments when people try to shake my hand and I, literally, try to bow out of the situation. No more unwanted hugs or pats on the back. And the Yellow Dog Project doesn't just say don't pet or touch the dog. It says the dog "needs some space". Give the dog time to "move out of your way". The implication is "Do not approach." We could have an entire system for people. Indigo for "Do Not Approach." (A movable "Do Not Disturb" hang tag!) Teal for "Approach But Do Not Touch." Burnt Sienna for "Approach But Do Not Touch Or Talk About Politics". Ok, maybe I'm going a bit far with the Burnt Sienna. I'll settle for Indigo.
Do you have times where you would rather not be approached or touched? If it were common place and the social norm to use a system to explicitly indicate your desire to have some space or not be touched in public, would you use it?