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Happy White Cane Safety Day!

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White Cane Safety Day celebrates the achievements of blind and visually impaired (B&VI) people 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.

This year Bold Blind Beauty participated in White Cane Safety Day festivities in Pittsburgh, PA, and Milwaukee, WI.

Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA

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

We joined 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. I was so grateful to hear people’s stories of loved ones living with blindness or sight loss. An added bonus was their excitement of Bold Blind Beauty’s message of changing the way we perceive one another.

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 ecstatic when she found out all of our materials were also in accessible formats. So ecstatic, she began reading her braille packet almost as soon as she sat down.

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

Milwaukee County Courthouse, Milwaukee, WI

In Milwaukee, on October 17, Bold Blind Beauty joined Industries for the Blind (IB) to celebrate White Cane Safety Day. At our exhibit table, we shared our materials with more than 80 blind young people and their parents. In addition to White Cane Rules of the Road WI, we shared information on empowerment for B&VI women.

2017 Milwaukee White Cane Day Celebration at Milwaukee County Courthouse
2017 Milwaukee White Cane Day Celebration at Milwaukee County Courthouse

Summary

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 perceive one another. Empowering B&VI women as well as connecting sighted and nonsighted communities to end misconceptions about blindness is the path to our mission. 

Description: www.boldblindbeauty.com template with Abigale (Abby) to the left of the quote. The Abby icon is shown walking with her white cane in one hand and handbag in the other. The image is black and white and she wears a stylish black dress and black heels. Her signature hairstyle is best described as explosive.

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!

    1. Thanks Camie💕

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