International white cane day — a way to tolerance
Despite the bustle and swiftness of the pace of life today, we accurately know the people in the streets are. You can't miss them for one simple reason: they are much more difficult to live in this world, adapted for a healthy person. In order to attract attention to people with low vision, 15 October is international white cane day.
Humanity, unfortunately, not always on time understand the importance of and the severity of the restrictions for the person that lost health. He has first independently, sometimes alone, to overcome the difficulties of life. It is now created by a variety of companies, helping to solve issues of the life of such people. But recently it was not so.
The idea of using an exclamation mark for the blind
The history of appearance of this attribute in the everyday life of visually impaired people appeared much earlier than the international white cane day. She's almost 100 years old. The idea belongs to the English photographer James Biggs, who lost sight in his youth due to an accident. It happened in 1921, when every gentleman's cane was still an essential attribute. The only way to adapt to the movement on the street was for him the "feeling" of the road. This can be done only by a cane. But neither the pedestrians nor the drivers could not understand these movements, and hence do not yield to blind Biggs. The solution was found, when he realized that the cane should be visible before it will knock. Friends helped to turn an ordinary stick into an attribute for a blind person painted it white. Since then, much in the lives of Biggs has changed.
Originally spread the idea of white canes for the blind was only from the words of the resourceful Englishman and his friends. They advised all my friends with serious vision problems, to use this attribute for ease of movement through the streets. English blind took another 10 years of waiting until one of the most famous charity organizations have addressed this issue. Thanks to the coverage in the press, the blind, the British first received the cane white through the Red cross.
Distribution of white canes for the world
By 1930, the idea of a cane for the blind moved across the channel. France already had a school to teach visually impaired children, the first of which was founded by Valentin Hauy. Already got the application and font of Louis Braille used today for reading all people with vision problems.
Active dissemination of the warning attribute of a blind man in France, engaged in Guilly D eremon, aristocrat, known at home as the protector and patroness of the blind people. It was she who suggested to the Paris authorities to support the initiative of providing the blind with a special reed.
Developed in USA in the 60-ies of XX century, a broad campaign explained the problems of the disabled American companies. At the initiative of the Federation of the blind and with the support of the President of America L. Johnson October 15, was called the Day safe white cane. After 1964, the day received the status of a special annual date.
In 1992, the world blind Union, an attempt was made to unite the international white cane day under the auspices of the United Nations that would solve problems of vital importance to the blind of all Nations. But while this appeal was not heard, and every organization is seeking support from the government of their country on their own.
Day of the blind in Russia
Initiatives of the Russian society for the blind was first supported only in 1987. Today in our country the equality of the blind and tolerance to them are covered regularly, but particularly widely in the international white cane day. Events dedicated to the main task – the integration of visually impaired and blind people in public life are held regularly. Not only is the holding of seminars, lectures and meetings, but also providing practical assistance to those in need.
Sunglasses covering the eyes regardless of the season, a faint tapping sound on the pavement walking stick is a constant companion of blind or visually impaired people. As a rule, they are accompanied by a faithful guide – dog, outfitted in a special harness with known sign of the red cross.
The main issue is the tolerance
International white cane day 2014 was devoted entirely to the issue of tolerance. Each of us must learn to understand that for a blind person, devoid of happiness to see the colorful world, walking cane is not only a tool for transportation, it's his "eye". Understanding this complexity of perception only comes with "practice". This day was a lot of competition seeing where the simulated situation of vision loss. The easiest way turned out to be a blindfold, which had to try to perform tasks, to cope with situations surrounding blind people in everyday life.
Another reason to try to equalize the rights of the blind and "try on" the life of these people is the international white cane day.
The desire to understand and accept
Almost all categories of disabilities have their own system of warning signs, which any passer-by will easily determine that before him man is probably in need of assistance. For people who cannot see this distinctive sign is a cane white in color. Seeing a person with a white cane, we unmistakably know that this person either doesn't see, or not see at all.
International white cane day, blind Day, how else to call it – is not just words telling about difficulties of persons with disabilities. This desire to understand people living next to us, and accept them as such.