White Cane Awareness Day
Established in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, White Cane Awareness Day commemorates the state and federal laws requiring motorists to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians using a white cane or guide dog. This day and the events hosted around the country, serve to educate all about the traffic laws and importance of the white cane and its users. Additionally, White Cane Awareness Day celebrates the achievements, freedom, and independence of blind and visually impaired people.
Today, Florida’s White Cane Law states that if a mobility-impaired person (using a service animal, a walker, a crutch, an orthopedic can, or a wheelchair), is in the process of crossing a roadway at an intersection, a driver approaching the intersection must stop before arriving at the intersection and take reasonable precautions to avoid injuring such a pedestrian.
To coincide with the observance White Cane Awareness Day, the Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center is hosting White Cane Awareness Events in Highlands, Manatee and Sarasota Counties during the month of October. The public, our clients, their families and friends are invited to participate at one or all events to promote White Cane Awareness Day and to recognize the white cane as a tool of independence for blind and visually impaired pedestrians in our communities. Clients are encouraged to bring their white canes.
Saturday, October 9, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Find the Lighthouse booth at the Sarasota Farmers Market, 1 North Lemon Avenue. Lighthouse will have an informational table to raise awareness for white cane.
Friday, October 15, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mayor Hagen Brody and City Commissioner Jennifer Ahearn-Koch will present the White Cane Awareness Day proclamation followed by a press conference at Paul N. Thorpe Jr. Park, 135 South Pineapple Avenue. The event will include a walk with participating organizations, special speakers, informational tables and special activities.
Thank you to the Mark Wandall Foundation, National Coalition for Safer Roads, Sarasota Council of the Blind, Division of Blind Services, Sarasota Police Department and Florida Department of Transportation.
Saturday, October 16, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The City of Bradenton Mayor Gene Brown will present the White Cane Proclamation at Manatee County Courthouse, 1101 6th Avenue West. The event will include a walk with attendees to the Lighthouse booth at the Bradenton Farmers Market to help raise awareness about white cane. Optional lunch at 12:00pm to follow at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille.
Thank you to the Bradenton Police Department, Division of Blind Services, Southeastern Guide Dogs, Bradenton & Palmetto Lions Club and Manatee County Council on the Blind for participating.
Saturday, October 16, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
A White Cane Awareness Day Proclamation will be presented by Mayor John Shoop, participating organizations will provide information at Sebring Circle followed by a walk. There will be vendors including Peepers, the online store for low vision needs. More information coming soon.
Thank you to our Sponsors: Alan Jay Automotive Network, Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida, Newsom Eye, and Sevigny Associates Eye Care!
To learn more about the White Cane Awareness events please contact Nicole Mobley at 941-359-1404 ext. 702 or email@example.com