An estimated 200 people of all ages will walked from Miami Lighthouse, at 601 S.W. 8the Ave., down 8th Street to raise awareness for the White Cane Laws.
They celebration continued with food, music featuring Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program™ musicians, keynote speakers and special presentations.
“White Cane Day is important for Miami-Dade County residents because it makes people more aware of the tools used by individuals who are blind or visually impaired that allow them to lead independent, productive lives,” said C.E.O. Virginia Jacko, President & CEO of Miami Lighthouse.
White Cane Day is a national observance celebrated on October 15th each year. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of independence for the blind, the white cane.
This year’s event is being led by Grand Marshalls State Representative David Richardson, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Billy the Marlin.
For individuals who are blind or have significant vision impairment, White Cane Day is considered to be “Independence Day” and is symbolized by the white cane that enables blind people to negotiate obstacles and travel safely.
President Lyndon B. Johnson instituted White Cane Safety Day in 1964 with a proclamation declaring the day as a safety reminder to promote consideration of the blind on the streets and roadways. The White Cane Day walk has a $5 suggested contribution for the visually impaired and $20 contribution for all other participants.