Blind SA is to commemorate International White Cane Day on 15 October 2020 by creating awareness and advocacy during the covid-19 pandemic. Blind and partially sighted people using the white cane can enjoy greater mobility and safety by determining the location of curbs, steps, uneven pavement, and other physical obstacles in their path.
The white cane has given them the freedom to travel independently to their schools and workplaces and to participate more fully in the life of their communities. It reminds us that the only barriers against people with disabilities are discriminatory attitudes and practices that our society has too often placed in their way.
As we observe White Cane Safety Day, let us recall the history of the white cane, its emergence as a tool and a symbol through history; a staff of independence. Let us also recall the events that have permitted us to celebrate October 15th as White Cane Safety Day.”
The awareness is for our communities to use the correct techniques in guiding a blind or partially sighted person.