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WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY – October 15

National White Cane Safety Day October 15

WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY

National White Cane Safety Day is observed annually on October 15.

Since 1964, This National Day has been a national observance in the United States.  This day has been set aside to celebrate all of the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Don’t overlook being a help to those who are visually impaired, keep aisles and doorways clear of boxes and other debris is one good first step. Use #WhiteCaneSafetyDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

A joint resolution of the United States Congress H.R. 753 was signed into law as Pub.L.88-628 on October 6, 1964, and codified at 36 USC § 142.  It was this resolution that authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day.

Within hours of the passage of the joint resolution, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first White Cane Safety Day proclamation.

This Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day, in 2011, by President Barack Obama.

There is always so much more one can do to make a difference. For more information regarding White Cane Safety Day from the National Federation of the Blind, see: https://nfb.org/white-cane-safety-day

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