Annual festivities promote public awareness of the achievements
and concerns of people who are blind or visually impaired
October 25, 2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker led the celebration of White Cane Safety Day at City Hall today, joined by City officials, civic leaders, event partners, social service agencies and members of the blind and visually impaired community.
“Today we celebrate the many contributions that citizens who are blind or visually impaired are making to our city,” said Mayor Parker. “Their determination to overcome challenges every day inspires us to work harder to help break down barriers. White Cane Safety Day is a call to all Houstonians to be vigilant of the rights of citizens with disabilities. Let’s continue our commitment to ensure equal access for all Houstonians.”
Scheduled as part of Disability Awareness Month, White Cane Safety Day celebrates the independence, contributions and achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired. This year marks the 49th anniversary of the national celebration instituted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. The festivities highlight the iconic white cane as symbol of blindness and independence to raise public awareness of the challenges and concerns of citizens who are blind or visually impaired.
The celebration opened with a “White Cane March” around City Hall. A formal program followed featuring Mayor Parker's presentation of a City proclamation declaring October 25 as "White Cane Safety Day in Houston." The program included remarks by event partners and musical performances. The festivities culminated with a resource fair for blind and visually impaired citizens and their families.
White Cane Safety Day at City Hall is a presentation of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, sponsored in partnership with Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Texas RehabACTion, Lighthouse of Houston and the National Federation of the Blind-Houston Chapter, among other supporters.