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White Cane Day event set for Wednesday

At the lunch hour Wednesday, people will walk around the Denton Square in solidarity with the blind and visually impaired for White Cane Day.

Organizers for the free walk said it’s being done to raise awareness about employment and mobility-related barriers faced by people with disabilities.

Participants in Denton’s fifth annual walk will meet at noon at the University of North Texas on the Square gallery on the corner of North Elm Street and West Hickory Street.

They plan to walk a block to the Denton Courthouse on the Square with personal and borrowed white canes.

The event is hosted by the Denton Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities, UNT’s North Texas Rehabilitation Association and Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society chapter.

“It’s to educate people in the community that there’s a lot more people with vision loss that live here and work than they realize,” said Rebecca Cagle, student services coordinator at UNT’s Office of Disability Accommodation. “People with vision loss can work and want to work in [a] competitive employment.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 proclaimed Oct. 15 as White Cane Safety Day in the United States, according to the National Federation of the Blind.

The day celebrates the independence of blind persons and the cane as symbol of that self-reliance, according to the federation’s website.

Organizers for the local walk are encouraging the public to participate.

For more information, contact Cagle at Rebecca.Cagle@unt.edu or at 940-565-4323.

— Britney Tabor