On October 6, 1964, a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress was signed into law, authorizing President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim October 15th of each year as, “White Cane Safety Day.” The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.
In addition to honoring the accomplishments and successes of blind Americans, White Cane Safety Day is an annual opportunity to educate the public about blindness and how blind and visually impaired persons can live and work independently while contributing to their communities.
“I really want to challenge any sighted person, the next time you see someone using a white cane to think of that person not as a blind person but as a confident independent person, willing to push through all the misconceptions, stereotypes and barriers that society presents to them.”
– Craig Ellis
Community Relations Administrator, East Texas Lighthouse