White Cane Day celebrates the achievements of the blind community


Monday was a national holiday for the blind community. Since 1964, October 15 has been recognized as White Cane Day, and one local school celebrated the important day.  

Jasmine McCandless is part of the celebrations at the Colorado School for the Blind.

“I sing, play the guitar and xylophone,” Jasmine said.  

She is visually impaired but, the 13-year-old doesn’t let that slow her down. “I like going to school here [more] than at a public school,” Jasmine said. “Kids here understand what it’s like.” 

Jasmine is a 7th grader at CSDB where she and her classmates understand the significance of White Cane Day.   

“White Cane Day started in 1964,” Lisa Van Dam said.

As an orientation and mobility specialist, Lisa teaches students how to gain independence, which includes the use of the cane. 

“I show them how to navigate around campus with the cane and be more independent,” said Lisa. 

McCandless is forever thankful for what her cane can do for her.  

“You don’t always want to have someone there to help you. You want to be independent and that’s what the cane grants you. It helps you be more independent and live your daily life instead of having a sighted person around you.”

The standard cane is red and white but now days you may see canes of varying types of colors according to the user’s choice based on their personal style

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