White Cane Day is generally observed on October 15th of each year and celebrates the independence people who are blind earn through the use of this important orientation and mobility tool. White Cane Day also aims to spread awareness to the general community that people who are blind are confident, independent and able. This is a day to celebrate blindness awareness and to be proud of your cane!
Many cities and towns host events or celebrations on White Cane Day and often disability advocates use the day to approach local government officials asking them to address inclusion and accessibility issues in their city or state.
What can you do to celebrate White Cane Day? Ivan’s school, Perkins School for the Blind, hosts a cane parade around campus every year on this day. You might also check out the children’s illustrated book White Cane Day by Kristin Grender to share with friends. Or you might just upload the cutest pictures of your child with their cane on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #whitecaneday!
You can also make your own Cane Lapel Pins to wear with pride and share with friends!
What You’ll Need
- safety pin
- mini perler beads (you’ll need 5 black, 12 white and 3 red)
- white round pearl bead
Making Your Cane Lapel Pin
- First straighten your paperclip and bend a loop at the end.
- Add your beads, the round pearl bead first for the cane tip, then the red, white and black beads.
- Bend a hook at the end of your paperclip and slip the safety pin through the hook.
- Wear your cane lapel pin with pride on October 15th!