October 15:  Happy White Cane Safety Day celebrated with a yellow guide dog

 

My Haiku says:

a cane or a dog

Shows you you need to take care

And makes me safer.

 

            The law says: “An operator of a vehicle shall stop the vehicle before approaching closer than 10 feet to a pedestrian who is carrying a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white trimmed with red and which is held in an extended or raised position or
who is using a dog guide and shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid
accident or injury to the pedestrian.”

 

            In 1964 Congress designated October 15 as White Cane Safety Day. On October 14, 2011, the president designated October 15th as “Blind Americans Equality

Day.”He  said:  “Generations of blind and visually impaired Americans have dedicated their passion and skills to enhancing our national life-leading as public servants, penning works of literature, lending their voice to music, and inspiring as champions of sport.  On Blind Americans Equality Day, we celebrate the achievements of blind and visually impaired Americans and reaffirm our commitment to advancing their complete social and economic integration (Proclamation 8739).

            We celebrated by taking a walk in the neighborhood on a beautiful fall day.  I must have been wool-gathering, because we got turned around and only had a general idea of where we were.  But our teamwork triumphed and we got home to continue the celebrating with a short game of chase followed by a nap in the sun for the four-footed member of the team.  It’s moments of teamwork where I’m suggesting directions and a known destination like “home” and my guide dog is using her intelligence to keep me safe while finding the destination that take traveling from a chore to a fun adventure. 

However you say it and however you celebrate it:   Happy White Cane Day!

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