USC Upstate Celebrates White Cane Safety Day, Tuesday, October 15

October 6, 2014 at 8:00 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate will celebrate White Cane Safety Day from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15.

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to participate in activities, learn the history of the long white cane and all about braille during this day of awareness.

White Cane Safety Day is a national observance of the achievements of those who are blind or visually impaired and was recognized as such on October 15, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The first White Cane Proclamation also was issued recognizing the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to gain recognition for the growing independence and self-sufficiency of blind people in America and the long white cane as a symbol of that independence.

“White Cane Safety Day provides an opportunity to share about the positive differences that individuals who are visually impaired are making in our community,” said Tina Herzberg, director of special education – visual impairment programs at USC Upstate.

Door prizes will include braille alphabet cards and white cane pins that may be worn to show awareness.

The celebration is co-sponsored by Disability Services and the School of Education.