[tabi] today's Democrat: White Cane Article

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  • Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:48:12 -0500



From: Allison Orange [mailto:AOrange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:25 PM
Subject: White Cane Article


Below is the White Cane article.  At the very bottom, I have included the
picture with Sila and Robert Miller and Don Christie.  



White Cane events highlight rights of blind 

By Sylvia Young 

Special to the Chronicle 

The White Cane Crossing event was held on Oct. 13 and the Mayor's
Proclamation was given on Oct. 15 to increase public awareness of the rights
and safety of people who are blind and visually impaired in our community. 

The Tallahassee Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) was
engaged in a campaign to increase public awareness about the White Cane
Safety Law, F.S. 316-1301. Members of Tallahassee National Federation of the
Blind and other advocates for White Cane Safety did participate in the
reading of a White Cane Proclamation that was delivered by Mayor John Marks
on Oct. 15, 1 p.m. at City Hall. 

"The white cane is a useful tool for millions of people with vision loss as
they navigate their environments with safety, independence, and confidence.
The white cane has three basic purposes: provide information about one's
travel path, give added safety to avoid accident, and offer general
identification to the sighted public (especially helpful at street crossings
or crowded areas." 

The White Cane Safety Law was created to recognize the importance of the
White Cane as a tool of independence for persons who are blind and visually

This law originated from the Oct. 6, 1964 HR 753, a joint resolution of the
Congress; authorizing the President of the United States to proclaim Oct. 15
of each year as "White Cane Safety Day." 

President Lyndon Johnson was the first to make this proclamation. 

Caption of Photo: White Cane Crossing Event including Sila and Robert Miller
and Don Christie



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