PRESS RELEASE: White Cane Awareness Day — Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Laurel Brown, Independent Living Program Manager, and/or
Heather Couch, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, 727-815-0303

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White Cane symbol - person walking with a white caneWhite Cane Awareness Day

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 is White Cane Awareness Day. The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind invites the public to attend a special event that will be held on that date to raise community awareness about white canes and pedestrian safety.

The event will be held outdoors at the West Pasco Government Center at the intersection of Little Road and Citizens Drive from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • If you are visually impaired, please bring your white cane or guide dog and join us in educating the public.
  • If you are not visually impaired, come and learn about white cane use and pedestrian safety.

White Cane Day has been celebrated on October 15th since 1964 when a joint resolution of Congress was signed into law authorizing the President to proclaim October 15th as White Cane Safety Day. The purpose of the day is to increase the public’s knowledge about the white cane – the device used by persons with visual impairments to help them travel safely and live independently.

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