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International White Cane Day

11th Nov 2020

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of , repeating indefinitely

The white stick and then the white cane have been associated with blindness since the 1920’s. There was a claim that James Biggs from the UK invented the white cane. After an accident when he lost his sight he decided to paint his stick white to make himself more visible to motorists.

In North America the introduction of the white cane has been attributed to the Lion’s Clubs International. In 1930, a Lion’s Club member watched as a blind man was making his way across a busy street using a black cane. Realising that this cane could not easily be seen by motorists, the Lion’s Club decided to paint the cane white to increase its visibility. In 1931, the Lion’s Club International began a national program promoting the use of white canes for persons who are blind.

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11th Nov 2020
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