Carrying on a proud tradition first established with the 1964 White Cane Safety Day Proclamation, the Seattle Lighthouse will hold its second annual White Cane Safety Day on October 15th, 2009. The event, which will be held at the Mount Baker light rail station of Seattle’s new light rail line, celebrates the expansion of accessible travel and independence for blind and Deaf-Blind people throughout Seattle.

As part of the event, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will offer an official proclamation commemorating the day, and Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl will deliver the keynote address. Other representatives from local blindness agencies, state, and local governments will also join Lighthouse donors and supporters at the event.

When: Thursday, October 15th, 10-11:30am

Location and Address: Mt. Baker Light Rail Station at 2415 S. McClellan Street (located on the west side of the three-way intersection of Rainer Avenue S, 23rd Avenue S, and S McClellan Street)

The Lighthouse worked closely with Sound Transit, the Seattle area’s regional transit authority, to ensure the recently opened light rail line incorporated features that make it accessible for white cane users.

White Cane Day was first established by President Lyndon B. Johnson, honoring the commitment of our society to accessibility and opportunities for blind individuals and all people with disabilities. The White Cane is a symbol of independence, safety, and dignity for blind and Deaf-Blind people.

For more information about the event, contact Kathryn Wiegel at 206-436-2116 or