Tuesday, October 15th, is White Cane Awareness Day throughout Indiana. A day where we can all stop and appreciate the white cane users throughout our communities. Although White Cane Day happens on a national scale, the Wisconsin disabled community has something else in mind this year.

Ideally, the impact of using “#whitecanelaw” will help implement a law where drivers should stop at least 10-feet from pedestrians, which use white canes or service animals. Implementing this rule should not only make the streets safer for everyone but make drivers more aware of the visually impaired using sidewalks and crosswalks.

Everyone should spread the word about White Cane Day, even if you’re a day or two behind. This day rolls around every year, and each year the Wisconsin disabled community puts a focus on one or more of the laws that help make life a little safer or less inconvenient for those who are visually impaired.

The National Federation of the Blind initially started White Cane Awareness Day to create awareness for the vital tool that many use every day. All across the state, people have set up official and unofficial events. The National Federation of the Blind also encourages people to use the hashtag “#meettheblind” to connect with the National Federation of the Blind.

Overall, it’s an outstanding way to learn about the blind community and become involved. Those within the disabled community often find themselves trying to connect more with those throughout Wisconsin. Disabled peoples throughout Milwaukee frequently try to raise awareness, but these national-level events often garner much more attention.

The goal of the 2019 White Cane Awareness Day throughout Milwaukee was focused on ensuring that the blind or visually impaired could move safely throughout the city. Without a doubt, everyone should be able to safely go between home, school, work, and any public place.

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