INTERNATIONAL WHITE CANE DAY – October 15
Activity for Teachers, Parents and Students – Who are some of the amazing people we remember during International White Can Day? There have been many great individuals affiliated with the development of systems to enhance the lives of those who are vision impaired or blind.
Did you know Louis Braille himself, was blind? Whilst he did not develop the White Cane, Louis Braille’s pivotal work changed the lives of blind and visually impaired people around the globe. His Braille system has become a worldwide standard that has opened up opportunities for anyone suffering from blindness.
Louis spent much of his life refining and extending his revolutionary system and it as been adapted for use in languages throughout the world.
The combination of Braille and the White Cane, vision impaired people have a much better way to communicate and navigate, thus providing them with more independence.
Get to know this most inspiring story, as he reveals his own thoughts in a very unique and personal way. You can experience the source of his motivation to develop better systems to assist blind people with reading and writing.
- How did Louis become blind?
- How did he first discover that there may be a way for the blind to ‘read’?
- What was this first idea called?
- With the assistance of your teacher and class for safety, close your eyes and walk from your familiar seat to the front of the class to find an object.
- Write down how you felt trying to navigate just this short distance even though you are aware of your surroundings.
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