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Austin’s White Cane Day Celebration
2023 White Cane Day Celebration
Will be Held:
October 18th | 10 am to 2:00 pm
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th Street | Austin, TX 78756
Austin White Cane Day 2023 Events
2023 Austin White Cane Day fun walk/run begins between 7:00 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. meet inside Republic Square Park behind all the southbound bus stops along Guadalupe at 422 Guadalupe Street
- Travis Association for the Blind’s March begins at 8:00 a.m. meet at City Hall, at 8:15 a.m. march begins to Capital.
- Texas Workforce Commission and Texas School for Blind’s March meets at 8:45 a.m. Meet at one of the following locations:
- Walgreens, 4501 Guadalupe St
- Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
- The Pit Barbecue, 4707 Burnet Road
- Triangle Station, 47th @ W. Guadalupe
9:00 a.m. March begins – Walk to Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1100 W. 45th St Austin, TX 78756
Program Line Up:
Master of Ceremonies – Valerie Alvarez
Program Commences: 10:00 a.m.
“National Anthem” sung by TSBVI Choir
Special Performance by the Spinrockers to sing an original song titled: Just Can’t Stop This Groovin’
TSBVI Superintendent – Emily Coleman
TWC Chairman and Commissioner of the Public – Bryan Daniel
TWC Commissioner of Employers – Aaron Demerson
TWC Commissioner of Labor – Alberto Treviño, III
TWC Executive Director – Ed Serna
HHSC Director of Blind Children’s Program – Joanie Cooksey
Chief Executive Office for Travis Association for the Blind – Jim Meehan
Executive Director of the Governor’s Committee on Disabilities – Ron Lucey – presenting Governor’s Proclamation
Instrumental Performance by Tristian Gallegos
2023: T-shirt color is Vintage Red with Black and White ink
About the Artwork
Artwork is inspired by Masha of Leander, TX. Masha is a current customer at Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC) for the Blind
“My ultimate goal is to advance accessibility features within various digital platforms.” ~Masha
Front: Starting from the top moving downward. A white shield with black outlines. On the top portion of the shield is a profile of a German Shepherd dog guide in harness. Below is a thick black section of the shield with the phrase in white ink WHITE CANE DAY 2023 across 2 lines. At the bottom tip of the shield is a black Crown. Extending before and after the bottom of the shield is a black ribbon with a white outline, it reads in white on the left WE CANE, on the right WE SAW, in the center WE CONQUERED.
Crossing behind the shield are 2 white canes with black handles and loops. Extending from the top and bottom of the shield are bursting light rays in white.
Back: Top center of the shirt is a thin horizontal black line with a small black crown with light rays bursting from the top.
Below in white is the phrase OUR PRESENCE IS POWERFUL, OUR INDEPENDENCE IS IMPORTANT.
The same phrase is written in black puffed Braille.
Below in white is Blind Americans Equality Day and the same phrase in black puffed Braille.
White Cane Day Events in Texas
Oct. 10 Houston White Cane Safety Day
9:30am -1pm University of Houston Student Services Center South, 4455 University Dr., Houston, TX www.HoustonWCSD.com
Oct. 12 San Antonio White Cane Awareness Day
9am – noon Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair Park, Event: 434 S. Alamo St., San Antonio, TX Drop-Off: 611 Hemisfair Blvd.
Speakers to include Tracy Minish, former NASA employee
Oct. 13 Tyler White Cane Day
10am-2 pm, Bergfeld Park, 1510 S College Ave, Tyler, TX, www.easttexaslighthouse.org
Oct. 14 Corpus Christi White Cane Day
10am-2pm Cole Park, 2600 Ocean Dr, Corpus Christi, TX
Oct. 14 North Texas White Cane Safety Day
10am-12:15pm Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 W. Weatherford, Ft. Worth, TX www.whitecanesafetyday.info
Oct. 14 Portland White Cane Day
10-noon Portland City Office, 1900 Billy G Webb Dr., Portland, TX
Oct. 14 Houston Community White Cane Day
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 West Gray, Houston, TX www.havintx.org
Oct. 14 San Antonio Walk for Work
8 am-noon Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Dr, San Antonio, TX
Oct. 18 Austin White Cane Day
10am-2pm Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1100 W. 45th, Austin, TX www.whitecaneday.org
Oct. 21 Victoria White Cane Day
American Legion Post 166, 1402 E. Santa Rosa, Victoria, TX
Dallas is still unannounced.
Come and help us celebrate the independence and empowerment that is White Cane Day. Want to keep up with the latest event news? Get social with us! Follow us @whitecaneday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest up-to-date news and event highlights.
What is White Cane Day?
The President of the United States annually recognizes White Cane Day by the Blind Americans Equality Day Proclamation on October 15th to acknowledge the abilities of people who are blind and to promote equal opportunities as any other American.
Mission of White Cane Day Austin
The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness and how the blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities, to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world and to honor the many contributions being made by the blind and visually impaired.
Each year the Austin community comes together for an event to celebrate this exciting day. And now that we will be doing a live and virtual event simultaneously, it promises to be bigger and better than ever, so tell your friends and come have some fun!