President of the National Federation of the Blind, Anil Lewis to speak at White Cane Day event

Friday, October 16, 2009

LewisPresident Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Oct. 15, 1964, White Cane Day. This day emphasized the significance of the use of the white cane as a tool and a visible symbol. The Department of Human Services Orientation and Mobility Program will host its sixth annual White Cane Day on Oct. 16, 2009. The event will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center in the Bulldog Lounge.

The theme for this year’s event is “Investing in Individuals with Disabilities: Diversity and Change we can Celebrate.” 

Registration begins at 8:30 and the general session will follow at 9 a.m.

“White Cane Day is an annual event used to heighten the awareness about the lives of individuals who are blind and visually impaired in our communities and the degree of independence they exhibit through rehabilitation and training,” said Shirley B. Madison, director of the Blind Rehabilitation Program.

The white cane is not just a tool that can be used to achieve independence. The white cane has given individuals the freedom to travel independently to school, work and participate in their communities. 

Anil Lewis, president of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) will keynote the event. Lewis dedicates his leadership skills to the development and growth of disability rights organizations that promote independence and improved quality of life. He is the president of Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) of Georgia, an organization promoting sovereign living for those with severe disabilities. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Disability Law and Policy Center (DLPC) of Georgia. 

Lewis’s objective, as the president of NFB is to reduce the barriers disabled people face by encouraging the execution of public policy, securing rights, and promoting responsible participation of people with disabilities as productive citizens.

“My personal mission is simple: I want to make a difference in the lives of others,” Lewis said.
The registration fee for the SC State University faculty, students, and staff, as well as the community is $20. Lunch will be provided.

For additional information about White Cane Day, contact Shirley B. Madison, at (803)533-3956 or via email at or contact Giles Wright at (803) 979-9790 or via email at