White Cane Safety Day

This Year

The 2017 Date is still pending.

Please join us at the Fort Worth Historic Stockyards for this years White Cane Safety Day walk. Check in is from 9:00am-10:00am.  The North Texas White Cane Safety Day walk will commence promptly at 10:30am.  Immediately following the walk, participants will experience the walking of the Fort Worth Herd on Exchange Avenue at 11:30am.  After the herd, there will be a brief ceremony and a Texas style lunch provided by Riscky's Barbeque.  After lunch, North Texas White Cane Safety Day participants will be able to enjoy the petting zoo, rides on the children’s train and the Fort Worth Maze at no charge.  Free Stockyards parking will be available on the far northeast end of Exchange Avenue. (Source: http://www.whitecanesafetyday.info/)

General Information/International

The familiar white cane with a red band at the bottom is used by blind and visually impaired persons in many countries.

This simple device was invented in 1930 by Lion George A. Bonham of the Peoria, Illinois, USA, Lions Club.

Today, blind and visually impaired people throughout the world use Bonham's invention.

Teachers of the visually impaired teach children how to use white canes. This includes explanations of "white cane laws" which state that motorists must yield the right of way to the blind and visually impaired.

In their efforts to advocate for the blind and visually impaired, Lions clubs often:

Promote white cane laws in their communities;

Educate the public about white cane laws;

Advocate for "beep" traffic lights and other aids for the blind and visually impaired.

White Cane Safety Day is celebrated in the United States on October 15. On this day, Lions clubs publicize the needs of the blind and visually impaired.

White Cane/Dist. 2-E2

In District 2-E2 we focus on White Cane efforts for the months of October and March.

A source of hand-outs for events is -

White Cane Days, Inc.

P.O. Box 1

Monterey Park, CA 91174

Telephone 1-626-307-9569

The cost of these materials varies depending on quantities ordered. Use these materials with another program or on designated White Canes day.

Consider using newspaper, radio, & TV ads along with street-signs to advertise the event(s).