White Cane Safety Awareness Day Returns to Bennington

White Cane Safety Awareness Day Returns to Bennington

White Cane Safety Awareness Day Returns to Bennington

Bennington will celebrate this year’s 52nd annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day on Friday, October 14, at the Vermont Department of Health (CCV Building) at 324 Main Street, Suite 2. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. Participants will have the opportunity to use a white cane as they walk through downtown Bennington to learn what it is like to make their way in the world as a blind or visually-impaired person. The walk will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. The white cane was first introduced in 1931 by a member of Lions Club International after he saw an individual crossing a busy street with a black cane that seemed to be extremely difficult for motorists to notice. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1964 to grant President Lyndon Johnson the power to proclaim October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Awareness Day. Since its inception, White Cane Safety Day has both celebrated the white cane and brought awareness to those who are not familiar with what it is like to travel under the guidance of the white cane. For more information on the event, contact Carol Wood at 802-786-5822 or carol.wood@vermont.gov.

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