The ability to get around safely and with confidence is something that most people take for granted.
But for people who are blind or have low vision, this everyday activity definitely becomes more challenging.
International White Cane Day is celebrated annually on October 15. It is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the great impact this simple tool has had in enabling independence for Australians who are blind.
This year, Vision Australia’s seeing eye dog orientation and mobility division have graduated six orientation and mobility specialists and supported almost 5000 clients to achieve their mobility goals.
But our work doesn’t stop there.
We also need to engage with local communities to help our clients maximise their independence.
For example, placing street furniture and signs on the kerb side of the footpath to create a direct path along the building line enables easier navigation along the street.
In addition, individuals can make a difference by considering how parking their car on a footpath or leaving hard rubbish out for a council clean-up might impact someone who is blind or vision impaired.
This White Cane Day help Vision Australia to ensure that everyone can feel safe walking around in our community by taking a closer look around your local area.