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White Cane Safety Day
By Stephanae McCoy
More Than Just a Cane–Enabling Blind Persons to Safely Gain Independence and Provide Empowerment
White Cane Safety Day
White Cane Safety Day honors blind and visually impaired people’s achievements in the United States on October 15 every year. In preparation for this year’s event, Bold Blind Beauty (boldblindbeauty.com), a unique, inspirational online commUNITY that brings blind and visually impaired women together to celebrate fashion, beauty, and style, will be launching its “White Cane Rules of the Road” initiative.
White Cane Rules of the Road
White Cane Rules of the Road, kicks off with a card (printed in large type for low-vision persons—and in braille for blind persons) as part of an information packet about boldblindbeauty.com. The card was designed as a high level overview to inform the public on the variations of the White Cane Law throughout the United States. Conveying tips for both blind and visually-impaired (B&VI) and sighted persons—particularly motorists—the White Cane Rules of the Road initiative seeks to help keep B&VI persons safe when they are using their cane to navigate.
White Cane Day Celebrations
The initiative will debut at White Cane Day celebrations in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and Milwaukee Wisconsin. The front of the card features safety tips, and inscribed on the back, are State statutes outlining appropriate protocol for motorists when around white cane users. The Bold Blind Beauty table at both events also will provide Bold Blind Beauty braille-labeled wristbands, bottled water, and sample promotional items such as mugs and T-shirts from the website.
Commitment by Bold Blind Beauty
Bold Blind Beauty is committed to the idea that real beauty transcends barriers, and it empowers blind women to live fun, fulfilling and productive lives. Site visitors are guided by stylish fashion icon Abigale (Ability + Nightingale) or Abby, a fashionista who radiates an attitude of hip, laid-back sophistication with a pinch of bravura. There also is a Shopping With Abby e-Commerce section (boldblindbeauty.com/shop) that offers promotional merchandise designed for both sighted and non-sighted people—much of which is created by B&VI women—and ten percent of all sales go to selected blind advocacy groups.
The Bold Blind Beauty website will provide ongoing information about white cane safety and usage, and will also provide ways to personalize white canes to reflect the individuals who use them. Bold Blind Beauty works to improve humanity by changing the way we perceive one another, regardless of any perceived disability such as vision impairment.
For more information about White Cane Safety Day Celebrations for Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, White Cane Rules of the Road or Bold Blind Beauty, go to boldblindbeauty.com.
Stephanae McCoy is a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader. Committed to breaking the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable,” as a blind woman who happens to love fashion and style, Stephanae founded Bold Blind Beauty to bring blind and visually impaired women together to celebrate fashion, beauty, and style while building camaraderie between the sighted and non-sighted communities. The site also works to change the way we perceive blindness by eradicating misconceptions and long-held stereotypes about people living with blindness or sight loss.
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