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White Cane Day set for Saturday

Oct. 10, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington Downtown Lions Club will participate in the annual White Cane Day at the Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind, Saturday, Oct. 13.

This year's event will focus on health, with a number of free screenings available to the public, said Toni Walls of CWAB.

The Lions Club will provide free vision and eye pressure screenings.

The celebration will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CWAB facility at 63 West 3rd Ave., in Huntington.

White Cane Day was started in 1930 by the Peoria, Ill., Lions Club to further the idea of making a white cane with red band at the bottom for use not only as a tool, but also as a symbol of independence. All 50 states have passed legislation to ensure the rights of those who are visually impaired and use a white cane. Further recognizing the rights of the visually impaired in 1964, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution to designate Oct. 15 as National White Cane Safety Day.

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