White Cane Safety Day celebrates blind and visually impaired people’s achievements in the United States on October 15 every year. It also reminds people about the how the white cane is an important tool in helping the blind and the visually impaired live with greater independence. This essential tool allows individuals the ability to achieve a full and independent life by helping them move freely and safely in public
WHEN YOU MEET A BLIND PERSON…
There are many ways in which you can be helpful to a blind person in everyday situations, but always ask if the person wishes assistance. If help is needed, they’ll be grateful. If not, they will thank you for asking.
Address a blind person directly, not through someone else, and use a normal tone of voice.
The most important things needed when you meet blind individuals are your good will and common sense. Remember that blind people think, feel and make decisions just as you do. A blind person is an individual who has usually lost only one sense-the sense of sight. Be natural and enjoy one another.