International White Cane Safety Day is not a holiday, it is a kind of sign of trouble, reminding the society of the existence of a number of people with disabilities, of help and solidarity.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 36 million people worldwide are blind, and 1.3 billion people live with some form of visual impairment. At the same time, about 65% of all people suffering from visual impairments are people aged 50 years and older. This age group makes up 20% of the world's population.
The history of the white cane as a symbol of blindness dates back to 1921. In the British city of Bristol (Bristol) lived a young professional photographer James Biggs (James Biggs), who lost his sight after an accident. It was necessary to start a new life, and he began to learn to walk around the city on his own with a cane. But he soon realized that neither passers-by nor drivers reacted to his black cane. Then he painted the cane white. And she became visible. This innovation was picked up by all the blind not only in England, but throughout Europe, America, and later Russia.