White Cane Awareness Day

About the Event

On Friday, October 15, White Cane Safety Day is observed around the world. Lighthouse for the Blind will celebrate as well; activities are still to be determined.

In the United States, it is a national observance, which was first celebrated in 1964, after the proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

White Cane Safety Day celebrates the achievements of blind or visually impaired people. A white cane is an important mobility tool for such people as well as the symbol of their independence. Canes have been used by blind people for centuries, but the white cane was introduced in the early 20th century. Canes were painted white to be more easily visible.