By Moses Alinda
ARUA: As white cane day celebration draws nearer, persons with disabilities, especially those with visual impairment, have asked the members of the public to always respect the white cane.
A white cane is a device used by many people who are blind.
A white cane primarily allows the user to scan their surroundings for obstacles.
During the first preparation meeting for the celebration of white canes day in Arua district, the focal person for persons with disability Ms Ayikoru Jean long said the people guiding the blind in most cases do it without love for the visually impaired persons.
She said in most cases those with visually impaired always hold them like a goat after the guide holding the head and the visually impaired person hold the tail which is not the right way of using the white cane.
Mr Amayo Moses the general secretary Arua district association of the blind said a number of members of the public look at the visually impaired as mad people and called upon the community to always help the visually impaired other than looking at them as mad.
Mr Matata Victor the project coordinator of Uganda national association of the blind said they have started capacity building on the use of the white cane in Arua and Madi okollo after seeing a number of community members misusing the white cane.
International white cane day is celebrated on the 15th of October every year.
The year’s celebration will be on the theme breaking barriers to inclusive employment of visually impaired persons in the post covid era- the role of government and non government actors.
The national celebrations will be held in Buliisa district while Arua is set to celebrate the day in Arivu Sub County.
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