[bksvol-discuss] OT: Fw: [SDT-BLND] White Cane Safety Day Presidential Proclamation

  • From: "Lynn I" <lynnskyi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "bookkshare volunteer list" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 14:29:20 -0500

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy White Cane Safety Day.



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Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 2:09 PM
Subject: White Cane Safety Day Presidential Proclamation




All Americans deserve the freedom to participate in every aspect of our society 
and pursue their full measure of happiness. For blind Americans, the white cane 
is a potent symbol of that freedom -- affording them greater independence and 
mobility. Today we renew our commitment to provide full inclusion and equal 
opportunities for those among us who are blind or have low vision. As 
Americans, we must nurture a society that values the unique abilities and 
individual contributions of all its people. 

Individuals who are blind or have low vision are less constrained and better 
integrated in our country than ever before, but much work remains to ensure 
they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. My Administration is 
committed to securing full and equal access to education and employment for 
blind Americans and all those with disabilities. The American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act substantially increased funding for the Individuals with 
Disabilities Education Act, as well as vocational rehabilitation services, 
including job training, education, and placement. 

For Americans who are blind or have low vision, a white cane is just one of a 
wide range of tools that sustain independence and productivity. In recent 
years, refreshable Braille displays and speech synthesis devices have given 
these individuals access to the Internet, unlocking a new frontier of limitless 

As we encourage the development of new assistive technologies, we must also 
improve access to existing tools. The Braille code has opened a doorway to 
literacy for countless individuals, but far too many blind children in our 
country are not learning to read it. By improving Braille literacy, we will 
secure a brighter future for these young Americans.

In the 45 years since White Cane Safety Day was first proclaimed by President 
Lyndon Johnson, Americans who are blind or have low vision have achieved 
substantial progress. As leaders in government and business, academics, and the 
arts, they have made remarkable contributions to our Nation, proving that sight 
is no requisite for success. We will continue to strive for a more just and 
equitable Nation that celebrates diversity in all its forms and promotes the 
full inclusion of all individuals in our communities. 

By joint resolution approved on October 6, 1964 (Public Law 88-628, as 
amended), the Congress designated October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety 
Day to recognize the contributions of Americans who are blind or have low 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do 
hereby proclaim October 15, 2009, as White Cane Safety Day. I call upon all 
Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of October, 
in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the 
United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. 



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