White Cane Safety Day in Houston

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HOUSTON, TX – The white cane is not only a symbol of the blind, but also of their independence.

Blind and visually impaired people held a march in downtown Houston Friday, to celebrate “White Cane Safety Day.”

Back in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson named October 15th as “White Cane Safety Day,” and on

Friday Mayor Annise Parker declared the 25th as “White Cane Safety Day in Houston.”

The celebration started with a “White Cane March” around City Hall and ended with a resource fair for visually impaired people and their families.

“Bringing the community together so that they can see the achievements first-hand, and realize that it’s not a disability to be feared, it should be embraced,” said Donnie Gatlin, who works in the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Blind Division.

“A lot of people don’t fully understand how a blind or visually-impaired person can get around and do the things that they do,” said Landyn Layne.

“We’re involved in various areas that most people would never guess.”

For more information, call MOPD at 832.394.0814 or visit houstontx.gov/disabilities.