Honoring White Cane Day

White Cane Day Walk 2023 took place in Seattle on Saturday, Oct. 14, celebrating the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important tool of independence, the white cane.    

A group hold a banner announcing "White Cane Day" on behalf of the Washington Council of the Blind in front of the iconic Pike Place Market.

The White Cane Day Walk began at the Pike Place Market and concluded with a reception at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL). WTBBL, a program of the Office of the Secretary of State, provides access to information and reading materials for people who cannot read standard print. 

A map on a clipboard displays the stops on the walk in a visual and tactile function.

Representatives from multiple organizations attended, including the Department of Services for the Blind, Northwest Association of Blind Athletes, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and more! 

A table with brochures from the Lions Club International

Hopelink’s Find a Ride program appreciates our advisors, including Jeff Abrams, who invited Laura Loe, Find a Ride Program Manager to participate in White Cane Day.

Laura, and Jeff pose for a photo after the walk in front of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library

And, thanks to Advisor Dorene Cornwell, who provided an impromptu explanation about Find a Ride’s trip planner to several attendees.

Dorene Cornwall explains Hopelink's Find a Ride trip planner service

Find a Ride’s trip planner is recruiting for user testing through February 2024. Visit FindARide.org to sign-up to provide feedback, and the chance to win a $50 gift card. Your feedback will help create a program that delivers an accessible trip planning experience. For more information, e-mail FindARide@Hopelink.org or call 425-943-6760 and press 3. Learn more about Find a Ride’s program roadmap on our project website.