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Happy White Cane Safety Day!

White Cane Safety Day celebrates blind and visually impaired (B&VI) people’s achievements in the United States on October 15 every year. It also reminds people of how the white cane is an important tool in helping the B&VI live with greater independence.

Pittsburgh celebrated its White Cane Safety Day on Friday the 13th. The festivities kicked-off with Jimmy Sapienza’s Five Guys Named Moe, a fabulous jazz combo comprised partly of musicians who are blind.

This year we were thrilled to join Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, Golden Triangle Council of the Blind, and the Bureau of Blindness and Vision Services to debut our White Cane Rules of the Road initiative. Talking with people and listening to their stories of loved ones living with blindness or sight loss and their excitement of Bold Blind Beauty’s message of changing the way we perceive one another was so gratifying.

Steph McCoy stands with her with cane in front of Bold Blind Beauty's display at White Cane Safety Day celebration in Pittsburgh's Market Square.
Steph McCoy stands in front of Bold Blind Beauty’s display at White Cane Safety Day celebration in Pittsburgh’s Market Square.

A personal highlight of the event was when one of my good friends came by to help man our exhibit. She was so ecstatic when she found out all of our materials were also in accessible formats she began reading her braille packet almost as soon as she was seated. 

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh table, banners and awareness materials.
Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh table, banners and awareness materials.

Another heartwarming moment occurred when one woman nearly cried as she was telling me of her late mother who had retinitis pigmentosa (RP). She was blown away at how we are working towards a more inclusive world and said she wished Bold Blind Beauty was around when her mother was alive.

Steph McCoy & her son Devon sharing a moment before the kick-off.
Steph McCoy & her son Devon sharing a moment before the kick-off.

As White Cane Safety Day recognizes the contributions of B&VI people within our society, Bold Blind Beauty will continue its mission of changing the way we percieve one another. Empowering blind and visually impaired women as well as connecting sighted and nonsighted communities to eliminate misconceptions around blindness is the path to our mission. 

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11 thoughts on “Happy White Cane Safety Day!

  1. I’m impressed by all you are doing in getting out there with your information, your brand, your enthusiasm and dedication.

    1. Thanks Katelon. There are days I don’t know what the neck I’m doing but I feel it’s a worthwhile cause.💞

  2. I didn’t know that there was a White Cane Appreciation Day, but I like it. Looks like you had a great event on Friday. BTW, I have extended family in Pittsburgh. I don’t think I realized that is where you live.

    1. Yes, it began back in 1964 when Lyndon B Johnson signed the first proclamation. And yes, born and raised in Pittsburgh. Do you ever visit?

      1. I haven’t in ages. I spent a month there one summer when I was in HS. If I do, I’ll let you know and maybe we can get together.

      2. Definitely. That would be so great to meet in person. I met another fellow blogger last year when she came to town and it was like meeting an old friend.

      3. That would be fun. I have no current plans, but you never know.

  3. Sounds like it was an amazing heartwarming event. Thank you for all you do. x

    1. It was and we had such nice weather. Thank you Lynne💕

  4. Such a great event! You’re awesome, Steph and Abby!

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