DepEd to honor visually impaired persons on “White Cane Safety Day”

July 10, 2012 10:29 pm 

MANILA, July 10 – The Department of Education (DepEd) will pay tribute to the blind or the visually impaired persons on “White Cane Safety Day” to be celebrated on August 1, 2012, with this year’s theme, “Making the Rights Real Right Now for the Visually Impaired.”

The event is in support of the efforts of President Benigno C. Aquino III on good governance through respect and realization of human rights.

DepEd Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSB issued DepEd Memorandum directing all bureau and regional directors, schools division/city superintendents and heads of public and private elementary and secondary schools to observe the 23rd White Cane Safety Day celebration pursuant to Republic Act 6759.

Luistro said the celebration which is the first activity of the Sight Saving Month Celebration in August aims to: 1. Stimulate public awareness on the rights and welfare of the blind; 2. Promote recognition and acceptance of the white cane as symbol for mobility of the blind; 3. Serve as a vehicle of information on the program being implemented by the government and non-government organizations which adhere to the promotion of the welfare of the visually impaired persons; and 4. Promote and protect the physical, moral and social well-being of the blind.

The Education chief cited that the White Cane Inter-Agency Committee with the DepEd as the lead agency concurred that the celebration will be conducted from July 30 to August 4, 2012.

He suggested that the following activities may be undertaken at the regional, division and school levels during the week: • Hanging of streamers; • Walking with blind; • Holding of academic contest such as Braille reading and writing contest, Mathematics (Abacus) contest, Quiz V.I., cultural show and other activities which highlight the talents and skills of the visually impaired students; • Conduct of sports activities for the blind; • Holding of symposia, for a and panel discussions relevant to the prevention and rehabilitation of blindness; • Inviting ophthalmologists/optometrists to conduct free eye examination and screening of visually impaired students; • Sharing of information of best practices concerning the education of visually impaired by inviting blind students or educators as resource persons, and other professionals working for the welfare of the blind; • Distribution of white canes, talking watches to selected blind students; • Conduct of entrepreneurship, employment and livelihood training and workshop; • Conduct of demonstrations on the use of ICT gadgets for the visually impaired.

Luistro said in his memo that other government organizations, non-government organizations and civic organizations may be tapped for assistance.

He mentioned that SM Management, a strong advocate of Special Education (SPED), is offering its malls as possible venue for the celebration.

Through the memo, he encouraged all SPED centers, public and private schools with SPED programs to observe the White Cane Safety Day with appropriate activities without, however disrupting classes. (PNA)

FPV/MAGI

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