White Cane Safety Day October 15

October 15 is White Cane Safety Day. White Cane Safety Day is observed annually to recognize the achievements of people who are blind or visually and as a tool promoting independent travel. White Cane Safety Day was first officially observed in 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson first proclaimed the day. Many people believe each state’s … Continued

White Cane Awareness: A History of White Cane Safety Day

Today, the white cane isn’t just a tool used by travelers with vision loss. It is a symbol for members of our community who are blind or visually impaired. White Cane Safety Day is observed annually on October 15 to recognize the many achievements of blind and visually impaired citizens and the white cane as … Continued

Part 2 of the White Cane Safety Day Debate: The Impact of New Colors on the Long Mobility Cane

Happy White Cane Safety Day!! Author’s note: In Part 1, we reviewed the history of the white cane. In Part 2, we will explore the perspectives of users of the long white cane, professionals in the field of orientation and mobility, and product manufacturers. For newcomers to the field of vision rehabilitation, VisionAware’s section on … Continued

Part 1 of the White Cane Safety Day Debate: The Impact of New Colors on the Long Mobility Cane

Author’s note: The nation celebrates White Cane Safety Day on October 15. As this celebration occurs, the historic white color of this “visible symbol of a blind person’s ability to come and go on his own,” as President Johnson stated in the original proclamation, is competing with a growing interest in choice of colors by … Continued

Celebrating White Cane Safety Day and Blind Americans Equality Day: October 15, 2014

White Cane Safety Day is an international observance that is celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. Its purpose is to (a) celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and (b) acknowledge and pay tribute to the long white cane, a critically important mobility tool and potent symbol of … Continued

White Cane Safety Day Observations

White Cane Day Musings Several peer advisors share their thoughts and experiences about this very important day. From Empish Thomas: Editor’s note: This blog was published originally on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 on the Center for the Visually Impaired Blog by Empish Thomas. It was edited for use on VisionAware and is reprinted here by … Continued

White Cane Safety Day and World Sight Day

White Cane Safety Day has been celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964, when a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress, H.R. 753, was signed into law as Pub.L. 88-628 This resolution authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as “White Cane Safety Day”. President Lyndon … Continued

You Cane Give: Making an Amazing Difference

Editor’s Note: James Boehm, VisionAware Peer Advisor, recently participated in a special mission to give blind residents of Kenya and Africa independence, mobility training and a new hope. He wanted to share through VisionAware his personal experience with the White Cane Initiative’s Team’s work. Other team members included Paul Mugambi, Hilda Mulandi, Laureen Agola, Karen … Continued