Friday, October 15, 2010
International White Cane Safety Day – 15 October
Today is International White Cane Safety day. It is recognized to honor the white cane used widely by the blind and visually impaired people in many countries.
It is a symbol of the blind citizens in our society.
Throughout history, the cane, staff, and stick have existed as traveling aids for the blind and visually impaired.
Thanks to the Braille system, a blind person can read and learn too. Helen Adams Keller was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Braille is a system of making raised dots on paper to form letters and words that are read by the blind with their fingertips. The basic Braille “cell” consists of two columns of three dots. The dots are numbered 1-2-3 from top to bottom on the left side of the cell and 4-5-6 from top to bottom on the right side of the cell. Each Braille letter, word, punctuation mark, number, or musical note can be made up using different combinations of these dots.
Let us endeavour to respect and increase, the awareness of this ‘Symbol of Independence’and for the blind people around the world ! For more information and to render help to the blind people, please visit the site, www.nabindia.org
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. - Helen Keller