International White Cane Day is observed annually on the 15th of October to raise awareness about the abilities and contributions of people The white cane is a symbol of independence and mobility for many people in our community, and it enables them to navigate their surroundings and move about safely.
Blindness affects millions of people around the world. It can be caused by various factors, including disease, injury, or congenital conditions. People who are blind, deafblind or have low vision rely on their other senses, such as hearing and touch, to navigate their surroundings. The white cane is an important tool that helps them to do this safely.
The white cane was first developed in the 1930s as a way to help people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision to navigate their surroundings. The cane is held in front of the person as they walk, and it helps them to detect obstacles in their path, such as steps, curbs, and other hazards. The cane also serves as a signal to others that the person has vision loss and it helps to prevent accidents and injuries.
International White Cane Day is observed around the world with events and activities that aim to raise awareness about the abilities and contributions of people from the blind, deafblind and low vision community. It is also an opportunity to recognise the important role that the white cane plays in helping people with vision loss to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
At Blind Low Vision NZ, we support people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision to live the life they choose. On International White Cane Day and beyond, let’s support and defend the rights and dignity of people in our community.. By working together and taking action, we can create a more accepting world for everyone.
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