Join FBC for Our Annual White Cane Walk and Help Promote Safety for Everyone!
In Honor of White Cane Safety Day, FBC is hosting our annual White Cane Walk. Join us for this free community event, and help us advocate for vision loss, pedestrian safety, and how our community can help our visually impaired neighbours stay safe as they travel.
Join us at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 14, at FBC’s central campus (1234 E. Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020.)
The morning will kick off with a 1.2-mile walk through the community to raise awareness for pedestrians who are blind and visually impaired.
Back at campus, learn about all the things we teach at FBC. Try reading some braille, walking with a white cane, or learning some blind etiquette.
This event is free, and there is no preregistration required.
The Importance of the White Cane
The white cane is a vital tool for many blind and visually impaired people. It allows them to navigate the world with more confidence, leading to greater independence. Whether walking to the store, moving around a school, or getting to work, the white cane makes travel safer and easier.
Blind and visually impaired people rely largely on hearing and touch to gather information. The cane acts as an extension of the arm, allowing its user to feel the ground farther ahead of their feet. This helps gather information about what might be in the way. A cane can identify steps, cracks in the pavement, the direction of a walkway, and so much more.
The other important function of the white cane is identification. A cane is a universal symbol of blindness, so by carrying a cane, someone can easily make themselves known to those around them. It’s important for sighted people to know that just because someone is walking with a cane, doesn’t automatically mean they need to be helped. A cane is a useful tool. If it bumps into something, that means it did its job.
Come Out and Advocate for Safe Streets
Come walk with us and help us raise awareness for blind and visually impaired pedestrians. We want to make a statement. Help us show the community that we are out here and want to be safe as we travel.