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Pearl Van Zandt, Ph.D
Executive Director

White Cane Safety Day


In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed October 15 th as White Cane Safety Day. Since then, blind people across the country have used the occasion to reflect on the progress we have made in asserting our independence, celebrate, and contemplate our future with confidence.

Blind people have worked for and earned their place as full participants in our society. As blind people, we lead our lives much as others do. We belong to families who love us. Our friends are important to us. We work meaningful jobs or aspire to careers which will challenge us. We vote and pay taxes. We are concerned about what happens to our country.

The white cane is a symbol of our independence and pride. It represents the alternative skills of blindness which are the tools we use to effectively accomplish what might otherwise be done with vision.

Vision loss very often is experienced as a time of emotional crisis. At such a time, it is difficult to imagine how independence can be possible. Many avoid using the white cane because they don't want to draw attention to themselves. They don't want to be a burden on anyone else. Loss of personal control over one's life is a very real fear.

Training in the alternative skills of blindness is available for those dealing with problems caused by recent vision loss. These skills are the keys to personal independence. Many of the things you thought you couldn't do because of blindness are still possible using non-visual techniques.

The Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired have offices located in Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, and Scottsbluff. To learn more about how services for the blind and visually impaired can make a difference, call the office nearest you.


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Nebraska Center for the Blind has been approved by the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB). This approval is granted only to those Centers that meet strict standards for high quality services, uphold a positive philosophy of blindness and high expectations, adhere to Structured Discovery instructional methodology, and are dedicated to assuring genuine Informed Choice for all consumers. The Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired adheres to these standards of quality assurance in every area of its service delivery.