The Governor of Texas, Gregg Abbott, has proclaimed October 15, 2023, to be White Cane Day in Texas. Below is the White Cane Day Proclamation signed by the governor.
For nearly 100 years, the white cane has served as a functional symbol of independence and self-determination for those with visual impairment, for whom mobility poses unique challenges. The white cane ensures freedom of movement, which improves opportunities for successes.
While many Texans with visual impairments or blindness also utilize services animals, the white cane has long been a visual symbol that increases mobility. Although there have been many advances in this cause, there is still much to be done to create a society that fully includes those with visual impairments and blindness.
Each year, a day in October is designated as White Cane Safety Day to raise awareness for people who are blind and visually impaired. Their independent spirit and resilience present the best of Texas, and their contributors to their communities are equally noteworthy.
At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about blindness and visual impairment and how these challenges do not define Texans. As we strive to bring about a better, brighter future, all Texans will have a role to play—regardless of their ability status.
Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2023, to be White Cane Day in Texas and urge all Texans to observe the occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
In testimony wereof, I have hereunto affixed my signature this 7th day of October 2023.
Download the signed proclamation here.