National White Cane Day
Today is National White Cane Day which is a day sat aside to bring awareness to an essential tool that allows those who are visually impaired to move freely.
White canes were introduced in 1930 as a way to help visually impaired people and alert others. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson established White Cane Safety Day in an effort to raise awareness of people who carry a white cane.
The white cane symbolizes freedom and independence because it showcases that those who are visually impaired have learned to maneuver through life although they have a physical limitation.
News 25 spoke to Raquel Welch, a visually impaired veteran. Welch lost her sight in 2009 and uses her white cane to get around. “The white cane allows for better mobility. Once you enter the blind rehab you are trained with the white cane along with any other types of tools that will help you navigate the world. It’s a sighted world that we are living in and we are trying to navigate the world the best way we can.”
This day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day in 2011 by former President Barack Obama.