[tabi] Re: White Cane Safety Day

  • From: "blindwilly" <blindwilly@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2010 17:05:08 -0400

Yes we should.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chip Orange 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 5:00 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: White Cane Safety Day

  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
  Database Administrator
  Florida Public Service Commission

  (850) 413-6314

   (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not 
necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)

    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 
      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 

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Dwight Sayer 
      To: Mary Clark 
      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 

      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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