“White Cane Safety Day”
Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (VROCP) will celebrate White Cane & Guide Dog Safety Day on Thursday, October 15, 2015 to raise public awareness of these important mobility tools for people who are blind or visually impaired. In Pennsylvania, and across the nation, the day celebrates the independence of people who are blind or visually impaired. VROCP will be participating in the Penbrook Halloween Parade October 15th, at 7:00 p.m. and distributing special information about White Cane Laws to the public.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson first proclaimed October 15th as “White Cane Safety Day.” The original purpose was a safety reminder to promote courtesy and special consideration to blind people who are navigating America’s streets and roadways. Since this first observance, White Cane Safety Day has taken on greater meaning as a time to celebrate the self-sufficiency of people who are blind or visually impaired and their right to participate fully in society. Vision Resources’ observance of White Cane Safety Day continues that tradition, focusing on the independence of people who are blind or visually impaired with the white cane as a symbol of that independence.
“Vision Resources events seek to heighten awareness about the lives of individuals who are blind and visually impaired in our communities, and the degree of autonomy they achieve through rehabilitation and training”, said Danette Blank, agency Executive Director. “We hope that sighted individuals will learn something new about the white cane, guide dogs, and the people who use them.”
Pennsylvania’s White Cane Law states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any totally or partially blind pedestrian carrying a clearly visible white cane or accompanied by a guide dog and shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring or endangering the pedestrian and, if necessary, shall stop the vehicle in order to prevent injury or danger to the pedestrian.”