White Cane Safety Day


WHEREAS, on October 15, 1963, Congress passed a joint resolution proclaiming October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day; and

WHEREAS, individuals with severe vision loss or blindness have unique obstacles that they must overcome on a regular basis; and

WHEREAS, the white cane has become a symbol of a blind person’s ability to overcome those obstacles, and to come and go on their own as they please; and

WHEREAS, on October 15, 2014, organizations such as the Virginia Association of the Blind organize promotional activities involving the public as part of a goal to help increase awareness of the use of white canes and the laws that govern its use; and

WHEREAS, White Cane Safety Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the significant challenges facing the blind and to increase awareness of their strides toward independence;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 15, 2014, as WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.