Organisation highlights challenges on use of white canes

A KEY challenge for blind and partially sighted persons in Fiji is the in availability of white canes in Fiji and its high cost puts it out of reach for vision impaired Fijians.

In a statement, the United Blind Persons of Fiji highlighted that blind and partially sighted persons also continue to face significant barriers during their movement.

The organisation stated that these barriers include the lack of proper and continuous footpaths and the lack of tactile markers that facilitate the use of a white cane.

With hopes of advocacy on this, the organisation will mark International White Cane’s Day on October 15.

International White Cane Day’s mission is to educate the world about blindness and how blind people and visually sighted persons live and work independently while giving back to their communities.

UBPS also stated that a white can symbolises independence to a blind and partially sighted individuals.

This day also creates a platform for advocacy regarding the needs and rights of partially sighted persons.

This year UBPS will be conducting awareness sessions with the Legal Aid Commission in all their three officers in Suva, Nasinu and Nausori as part of its training and awareness campaigns towards the promotion of the mobility and orientation using the white cane.

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