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.
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.
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.
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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