Students across TTU campus participated in White Cane Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/15/09

Students across TTU campus participated in White Cane Day

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - They weren't playing games at Texas Tech Thursday if you saw students walking around blindfolded.  It was an exercise for many to learn what it is like to be blind. 

Thursday, October 15, was National White Cane Day and at Tech's Virginia Murray Sowell Center, students were blindfolded for a walk across campus to learn what it's like to be visually impaired and to promote awareness that everybody deserves courtesy and the right to be independent.

"People that are blind or visually impaired can live very full meaningful lives.  Whether or not they have multiple disabilities or not they can learn, everyone can learn," said Amy Parker, Ph.D., a TTU Research Assistant Professor in the College of Education.

This was the first White Cane Day at Texas Tech, but the event was started by President Lyndon B. Johnson back in 1964.

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