[tabi] Re: White Cane Safety Day

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2010 17:00:07 -0400

Hi William,
I think Tinnetta said "participate" in it, not that NFB would "sponsor"
it.  We should all be glad to have everyone there.


Chip Orange
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Florida Public Service Commission

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        From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of blindwilly
        Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 12:18 PM
        To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [tabi] Re: White Cane Safety Day
        The white cane walk is being sponsored by the Tallahassee
Council of the blind, not NFB.  I am a member of the Tallahassee Lions
and stood up and made the announcement and worked out the details with
the club yesterday.   The walk will indeed be at Thomasville and Capital
Circle and will be from 2:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon.   Sorry you are
confused, but as a member of the club I don't know how this mis
information got started, but let me invite anyone who wants to talk
about it to just contact me.
        Also, I will be sending out the reminder for the monthly meeting
for TCB the weekend before the chapter meeting.   Ray Malloy, past
president of the Tallahassee Lions will be visiting us to extend a hand
of friendship.   Hope to see you all there.

                ----- Original Message ----- 
                From: Tinetta Cooper <mailto:lilheart@xxxxxxxxxxx>  
                To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
                Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 11:41 AM
                Subject: [tabi] White Cane Safety Day
                          I am forwarding this interesting message
regarding White Cane Safety Day.  The Tallahassee NFB chapter and
partner (Tallahassee Lions Club) will participate in a demonstration of
white cane use at the intersection of Thomasville and Capitol Circle on
October 15.  The time is 2-4pm and we will meet in the Publix parking
lot.  Anyone interested may join us for this activity.
                ----- Original Message ----- 
                From: Dwight Sayer <mailto:misteradvocate@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

                To: Mary Clark <mailto:mclark@xxxxxxxxxx>  
                Cc: nfbf-leaders@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
                Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 11:08 AM
                Subject: [NFBF-Leaders] Gubenitorial Proclamation Should
Be Requested!!


                White Cane Safety Day: A Symbol of Independence

                by Marc Maurer

                In February of 1978 a young blind lady said, "I
encounter people all of the time who bless me, extol my independence,
call me brave and courageous, and thoroughly miss the boat as to what
the real significance of the white cane is."

                The National Federation of the Blind in convention
assembled on the 6th day of July, 1963, called upon the governors of the
fifty states to proclaim October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety
Day in each of our fifty states. On October 6, 1964, a joint resolution
of the Congress, HR 753, was signed into law authorizing the President
of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as "White Cane
Safety Day." This resolution said: "Resolved by the Senate and House of
Representatives..., that the President is hereby authorized to issue
annually a proclamation designating October 15 as White Cane Safety Day
and calling upon the people of the United States to observe such a day
with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

                Within hours of the passage of the congressional joint
resolution authorizing the President to proclaim October 15 as White
Cane Safety Day, then President Lyndon B. Johnson recognized the
importance of the white cane as a staff of independence for blind
people. In the first Presidential White Cane Proclamation President
Johnson commended the blind for the growing spirit of independence and
the increased determination to be self-reliant that the organized blind
had shown. The Presidential proclamation said:

                The white cane in our society has become one of the
symbols of a blind person's ability to come and go on his own. Its use
has promoted courtesy and special consideration to the blind on our
streets and highways. To make our people more fully aware of the meaning
of the white cane and of the need for motorists to exercise special care
for the blind persons who carry it Congress, by a joint resolution
approved as of October 6, 1964, has authorized the President to proclaim
October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day.

                Now, therefore, I, Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the
United States of America do hereby proclaim October 15, 1964 as White
Cane Safety Day.

                With those stirring words President Johnson issued the
first White Cane Proclamation which was the culmination of a long and
serious effort on the part of the National Federation of the Blind to
gain recognition for the growing independence and self-sufficiency of
blind people in America, and also to gain recognition of the white cane
as the symbol of that independence and that self-reliance.

                The first of the state laws regarding the right of blind
people to travel independently with the white cane was passed in 1930.
In 1966, Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, the founder of the National Federation of
the Blind, drafted the model White Cane Law. This model act--which has
become known as the Civil Rights Bill for the Blind, the Disabled, and
the Otherwise Physically Handicapped--contains a provision designating
October 15 as White Cane Safety Day. Today there is a variant of the
White Cane Law on the statute books of every state in the nation.

                From 1963 (and even before) when the National Federation
of the Blind sought to have White Cane Safety Day proclaimed as a
recognition of the rights of blind persons, to 1978 when a blind
pedestrian met with misunderstanding regarding the true meaning of the
white cane, is but a short time in the life of a movement. In 1963, a
comparatively small number of blind people had achieved sufficient
independence to travel alone on the busy highways of our nation. In 1978
that number has not simply increased but multiplied a hundredfold. The
process began in the beginning of the organized blind movement and
continues today. There was a time when it was unusual to see a blind
person on the street, to find a blind person working in an office, or to
see a blind person operating machinery in a factory. This is still all
too uncommon. But it happens more often and the symbol of this
independence is the white cane. The blind are able to go, to move, to
be, and to compete with all others in society. The means by which this
is done is that simple tool, the white cane. With the growing use of the
white cane is an added element--the wish and the will to be free--the
unquenchable spirit and the inextinguishable determination to be
independent. With these our lives are changed, and the prospects for
blind people become bright. That is what White Cane Safety Day is all
about. That is what we do in the National Federation of the Blind

                Model White Cane Law



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