White Cane Day is celebrated all over the world every 15th October. It’s a day set aside by the United Nations as an important occasion to raise awareness about the rights and freedom of visually impaired people around the world.
INN reports that, the history of the White Cane Day could be traced to 1931 when a Franch woman named Gillie d’Herbonneth started a national white cane movement for visually impaired people. She capped it with a bold presentation of petition to the President of France seeking to make it a legal right for visually impaired people to use a white cane.
In 1964, White Cane Day began to be celebrated in the United States. That year, the United States Congress proclaimed October 15 as White Cane Safety Day which gave legitimacy to the annual celebration of the day to raise awareness about the plights of the blind all over the world.
A visually impaired graduate of Gombe State University Abdullahi M Sani, told INN that the while cane has helped him navigate easily since he started using it after he became blind since childhood years.
He said, “I have been using white cane since then, yes the cane is important to me because it helps me to navigate independently with confidence everywhere i want to go”
“Now i am using the cane that was donated to me some years ago by Qatar Foundation.”
Another visually impaired, a teacher at Special Education Centre, Gombe who doesn’t want his name in print told INN that “for the blind people, the white cane is an essential tool that gives us the ability to achieve a full and independent life.
“It allows us to move freely and safely from place to place-whether it’s at work, at school, or around our neighborhoods.” He said