White Cane is a symbol of ability, not disability
On 15th October 2014, 200 participants participated in an advocacy walk organized by Muenselling Institute for the Visually Impaired to celebrate the International White Cane Safety Day. Participants included – Health officials, Royal Bhutan Police, principals, faculties and students from Sherubtse College, Jigme Sherubling High School and Khaling Lower Secondary School. The seven-kilometer walk started from Rongthung to Kanglung Primary School.
The walk created awareness on the importance of the white cane and sensitize the public at large to help raise voice for the visually impaired people across the country.
Prior to the walk, 57 teachers took part in a two-day sensitization workshop on Orientation and Mobility. The workshop highlighted the importance of O&M for the blind and focused on techniques to assist and guide visual impaired personals. The program was facilitated by international and local expertise.
Muenselling Institute has also procured 60 white canes for their students and staff.
This program was funded through the Bhutan Foundation’s Small Grants Program.