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Why Use a White Cane and When Is It Time To Use One
October 12, 2023

Why Use a White Cane and When Is It Time To Use One

Did you know that in 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the first national White Cane Safety Day? Typically celebrated around mid-October, the use of a white cane is not just for those who are blind.

This well recognized symbol provides safety, independence, and confidence to those who suffer other visual losses such as depth perception or central or peripheral vision loss. It also raises awareness so that others know that the user has a sight impairment.

Using a white cane comes easier with practice and instruction from an orientation and mobility specialist.

Sidewalks, curbs, and stairs become easier to navigate. Detecting doorways, walls, and large objects prevents falls and provides added security.

Find out the benefits of using a white cane, the different types of white canes, how best to use one and how you can get one for free.

Why Use a White Cane When You are Visually Impaired and Not Blind

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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