Information: 'White Cane' Symbol for Visually Impaired

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Information: 'White Cane' Symbol for Visually Impaired


The white cane is recognized worldwide as a symbol of the need of visually impaired persons to be assisted. Many visually impaired or low-vision individuals around the globe, including in the Philippines, use the familiar white cane with a red band at the bottom in their daily activities. There is increasing awareness of the white cane in many countries as a symbol of independence.

Since 1989, White Cane Safety Day has been observed in the Philippines every August 1, pursuant to Republic Act 6759, the White Cane Act, to instill public awareness of the plight of visually impaired as productive members of society, and remind every Filipino of the duty to care for and accord respect to the sight-impaired. This year's theme is "Puting Baston: Tungo sa Katuparan ng Karapatan ng Mamamayang may Kapansanan sa Paningin." August is Sight Saving Month.

The Department of Education and the National Council on Disability Affairs lead the celebration with various events and activities such as mall tour, walk with blind, Braille reading and writing tilt, Quiz VI (visually impaired), sports fests, cultural shows, distribution of white canes and talking watches, demo on use of gadgets for the blind, free eye examination, and livelihood training. …

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