Celebrating White Cane Day

three young children using white canes to go up a school stairway, trailed by an orientation and mobility instructor

October is a month of celebration! National Disability Employment Awareness and National Hispanic Heritage Month are two examples, and let’s not forget Halloween.

White Cane Day is October 15 and falls right in the middle of the month. It is a day of extreme significance for people who are blind as the white cane is more than just a symbol but is also a tool that provides safety as well as independence. Where some prefer the use of a dog guide, all travel training begins with learning to use this simple but effective white cane. Individuals with vision loss have been traveling for a very long time but the typical white cane is a relatively new development as it really was developed after World War II. Without the need for electricity or a cell signal it can detect obstacles and drop-offs, and alert drivers to your presence as a blind or low-vision traveler.

Here are some resources and fun links in celebration of White Cane Day:

AFB’s entire family of sites is celebrating White Cane Day:

After all this reading, it would be great to have your child grab their cane and go for a stroll to demonstrate just what we are talking about. How are you planning to celebrate White Cane Day?