A white cane is an important tool to aid the blind and the visually impaired people to move and navigate. It also serves as a symbol to help others acknowledge visually impaired people around them.
The National White Cane Safety Day, founded by President Lyndon B. Johnson has been celebrated as a federal holiday since 1968 only with different names. The tradition was carried down by the succeeding Presidents as well! If you hear White Cane Safety Day, White Cane Awareness Day, White Cane Day, or Blind American Equality Day don’t be confused they are all the same. The names evolved as the need and challenges of the visually challenged people changed with time.