The President of the United States annually recognizes White Cane Day by the Blind Americans Equality Day Proclamation on October 15th to acknowledge the abilities of people who are blind and to promote equal opportunities as any other American.
The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness and how the blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities, to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world and to honor the many contributions being made by the blind and visually impaired.
A few weeks prior to White Cane Day, I found out that nobody in our community had organized it for this year. While I was having the busiest month of the year at work, I decided this was just no good. So I (on behalf of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services – DARS Denton Field Office) worked with one of my best friends, Devin Axtman (on behalf of the University of North Texas Office of Disability Accommodation UNT ODA), and we organized the White Cane Day for Denton together. We met at UNT On The Square and then walked around the square. The Division for Blind Services brought white canes for sighted supporters to use while they walked around the square to help spread awareness for our cause in a very visual manner. We had a volunteer that brought a few signs. We had the opportunity to get to know each other as supporters of people with disabilities. It was a great event. I am hoping we can start planning next year way earlier and make it even bigger.