BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome made a special announcement Wednesday morning, declaring October 4 as White Cane Day. This is meant to recognize the visually impaired and the white canes they use to walk. The event was held downtown in Town Square.
It was put on by the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired (LSVI). The school's student body president is Joseph Brock, who is almost completely blind.
He say the white cane is a tool that gets him through each and every day.
"It is my eyes," Brock said. "It is... this cane is to me what your eyes are to you, only a bit more, because I feel things with it. I understand better through feel and so with the cane, it helps."
"What you are doing is showing that you are a unique, caring, and compassionate member of this community, not only by celebrating the freedom and independence that a cane can give someone that is visually impaired, but also by educating the public," Broome said.
At the event, Broome put on glasses that blocked her sight and used a cane while a student helped her navigate. Guests were welcome to try the glasses for themselves to better understand what everyday life is like for the visually impaired.
LSVI is a K-12 school located on Brightside Lane in Baton Rouge. It serves kids who are completely blind or partially impaired.