Celebrating White Cane Safety Day & Blind Americans Equality Day

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Today Marks The Annual Celebration for White Cane Safety Day and Blind Americans Equality Day

The number of Americans who are blind continues to grow.  While there is awareness, more is needed to bring true equality.  President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed White Cane Safety Day in 1968, as October 15th of each year.  White Cane Safety Day is more than spreading awareness of people who are blind, or recognizing a person carrying a white cane is blind.  White Cane Safety Day is the recognition of a person’s civil rights of independence.

Image showing a woman in business clothing walking down a sidewalk with a white cane in-hand.

Prior to the first White Cane Law being passed in 1930, people who were blind did not have the right to travel independently.  However, the passage of the White Cane Law in 1930 did little to protect the rights of people who were blind.  This law was mainly a way to identify with disabilities.  The law provided no rights or respect to the people.  It was also extremely rare to see a person who was blind walking around independently back in those days.

In 2011, President Obama elevated White Cane Safety Day and declared it Blind Americans Equality Day.  The proclamation states: “On Blind Americans Equality Day, we celebrate the achievements of blind and visually impaired Americans and reaffirm our commitment to advancing their complete social and economic integration.”  You can read the entire proclamation here on WhiteHouse.gov.

Image showing two men standing next to each other holding white canes.

It’s certainly a special day for America!  Here at Braille Works we work diligently everyday to ensure equality for individuals with blindness by supplying the government and business communities with accessible communications – Making the World a More Readable Place™.

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