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Governor Deval L. Patrick officially proclaimed October 15th as White Cane Safety Day in the Commonwealth.  In recognition the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) celebrated the independence of white canes and raised public awareness of Massachusetts White Cane Law with an event at the Grand Staircase of the Massachusetts State House.

“MCB commends the Patrick Administration for proclaiming White Cane Safety Day as it also demonstrates the Commonwealth’s commitment to ensuring that motorists and pedestrians are aware of and complying with the motor vehicle law,” said MCB Commissioner Paul Saner. “We are committed to promoting the independence of our consumers by empowering their travel in a safe manner.”

International White Cane Day is celebrated around the world on October 15th. In Massachusetts, General Law Chapter 90, Section 14A dictates that all motorists, when they see a pedestrian who uses a dog guide or white cane at a street crossing, must come to a complete stop. With the help of MCB, people of all ages, receive free comprehensive individualized orientation and mobility instruction, which further allows them to live active and productive lives. Their work delivers services that enable citizens of the Commonwealth to obtain or maintain independence in their home, place of employment, and in the community.

Commissioner Saner was joined by agency representatives, individuals who are blind, and other supporters to address the issues of pedestrian safety. MCB will also be repairing white canes and the MBTA will be on hand to assist individual who are blind receive their Blind Access Card, which allows free travel on the T.

 

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The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, an agency of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, provides the highest quality rehabilitation and social services to blind individuals, leading to independence and full community participation. MCB accomplishes this critical mission by working in partnership with consumers who are legally blind, families, community agencies, health care providers, and employers.

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