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White Cane Day at Sunset Elementary

White Cane Day at Sunset Elementary

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 24 October, 2016

October 15 was International White Cane Day. Throughout the world, the long white cane us used by people who are blind or visually impaired as a tool for safe & reliable navigation. The white cane is an important symbol of independence for people who are blind. White Cane Day, also called Blind Americans Equality Day, celebrates the abilities and successes achieved by people with blindness. This year students from Sunset & Cascade Ridge Elementaries presented some fun facts about White Cane Day and its history to their schools, including:

  • There are different kinds of white canes & tips. Some are light, hollow, & rigid, while others have a cord running through the middle, which allows the cane to fold.
  • In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson declared October 15 of each year White Cane Day. In 2011, President Barack Obama announced that White Cane Day was also called Blind American's Equality Day.
  • If you see a person who is blind, please don't jump over their white cane.  Please wait for them to pass by.  
  • If you find a cane lying on the playground, please leave it alone because if it's moved, the user won't be able to find it. 

Happy White Cane Day, Issaquah!