October 15th is the White Cane Safety Day. The White Cane Safety Day is celebrated to increase the awareness as symbol of independence to blind and visually impaired individuals. In several parts of the world efforts are made to raise the awareness on the mobility challenges faced by people who are blind. Road shows, awareness events, , orientation and training programs are held to provide the independence of mobility to people with visual challenges.
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What is a white cane?
A white cane is a mobility tool used by blind and visually challenged person. White Cane also known as â€œHooverâ€ cane after Dr. Richard Hoover, is used to identify the objects on the path of a user. White Cane is primarily a tool for those who cannot find the objects on their way.
Though white cane just seems to be another tool for a visually challenged person, it helps them in moving independently through the streets, roads etc allow them to participate in the society and include them in main stream society. The independent mobility develops confidence in individual which in fact is the key for any person to be successful in life.
Proper training and orientation helps in successful use of the cane, safety and participation in the society. Several countries have laws to protect the users who use a white cane.
The article by VisionAware on Which cane should I use? Helps in understanding different white canes available in the market and which one do you choose or recommend to your visually challenged friend. If you stay in United States National Federation of the blind provides you a free white cane.
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Do You Know?
The first White Cane was passed in 1930
The White cane is also known as â€œHooverâ€ cane
By joint resolution approved on October 6, 1964 (Public Law 88-628, as amended), the Congress designated October 15 of each year as “White Cane Safety Day” to recognize the contributions of Americans who are blind or have low vision.
President Barack Obama in 2011 named White Cane Safety Day as Blind Americans Equality Day
Know more about White Cane Safety Day in the video below.
Thank you and a happy White Cane Safety Day.