Celebrating International White Cane Safety Day

by Rebecca White on October 14, 2011

Did you know that tomorrow (October 15th) is International White Cane Safety Day?  Beginning in 1931, the Lions Club introduced white canes – the “symbol of independence” – to identify people who are visually impaired and thereby increase their visibility to motorists and fellow pedestrians as a means to improve their safety.

It is estimated that 109,000 of the 1.3 million legally blind people in the United States use a white cane.  The National Federation of the Blind believes that independence and freedom to travel are so important to the quality of life that every blind person should have a cane, regardless of ability to pay.  By supplying canes free of charge, this program provides the opportunity for all blind Americans to have a white cane and to participate fully in society.

Even though it’s a bit rainy here, The Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired and the Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired are planning a walk through downtown Rutland, VT today in order to help bring awareness to this important issue.  How is your community marking White Cane Safety Day?

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