Berhampur, Oct 16 (LocalWire): Odisha Blind Foundation (OBF), an organization of the visually challenged people on Thursday distributed around 135 white canes to the visually-impaired persons on the occasion of the White Cane Safety Day, maintaining social distancing and other Covid-19 guidelines.
The white cane is a mobility tool for visually impaired people which helps them navigate on their own without relying upon anyone.
At the same time, people and motorists should be extra careful when they see someone with a white cane while crossing the roads, said Bijay Kumar Rath, founder of the OBF, who is also a visually impaired person.
The use of white-canes by those who face vision loss is significant in the wake of the outbreak of the Covid-19, said Rabi Rath, a social activist.
He said that it would help the sightless people to navigate on their own without relying upon others, which might violate the social distancing norms and increase their exposure to the infection of the deadly virus.
In the previous years, we have imparted training to the visually imparted persons who used the white cane for the first time, said OBF founder.
“Due to the rains and prevailing Covid-19 situation, we could not give training about the use of the white cane to the first-time users this time,” he said.