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White Cane Day 2021

Image of a segmented cane forming the letter W, the first letter in the words 'White Cane Day.'

October 15 is White Cane Day. The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness and how people who are blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities, to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people, and to honor the many contributions being made by people who are blind and visually impaired.

The white cane is an essential tool that gives individuals who are blind and visually impaired the ability to achieve a full and independent life. It allows them to move freely and safely from place to place—whether it’s at work, at school, or around their neighborhoods.

In 1964, Congress declared October 15 as White Cane Safety Day. While the white cane does keep people who are blind safe (because drivers and other pedestrians can easily see it), it is also a tool that people who are blind use to explore and navigate our environment. For this reason, the emphasis of White Cane Safety Day has shifted away from safety and toward independence and equality. To emphasize the shift in focus from safety to independence, and to continue to use the white cane as a symbol, the National Federation of the Blind has chosen to refer to this day as White Cane Awareness Day.