In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed White Cane Safety Day as a national observance to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and to recognize the white cane which serves as a tool for independence. Ever since, Texas has been proud to recognize White Cane Day as an opportunity to celebrate the many ways those who are blind or visually impaired make our state a better place to live.
Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation declaring October 15th to be White Cane Day in Texas. Governor Abbott said, “The white cane is an important tool which empowers Texans who are blind or visually impaired to move safely through their communities, providing a freedom that opens the door to more possibilities and even greater success. I encourage all Texans to learn more about blindness and visual impairment and how these challenges do not define the Texans who live with and overcome them. When we all have the opportunity to progress and fulfill our potential, the future of Texas shines brighter.”
Houston White Cane Day Celebrations
Houston will host their 15th Annual White Cane Safety Day program and Resource Fair virtually on Friday, October 15th. Special guest Kimberly Aguillard, Ph.D., will provide a keynote. She served the National Federation of the Blind of Texas in many capacities and currently works as a research associate for the Institute for Health Policy with the University of Texas School of Public Health. The program will include a proclamation by Mayor Sylvester Turner, an historical background, and surprise performances.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Zoom Program
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Zoom Resource Fair
ONE registration for TWO events! To receive your ZOOM access code please sign up by October 13th at: GHDCC.org
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