Sound robots for the blind on Cane Day

KWAZULU-NATAL will launch two sets of buzzing robots in recognition of White Cane Safety Day for the blind.

KWAZULU-NATAL will launch two sets of buzzing robots in recognition of White Cane Safety Day for the blind.

This is a day internationally set aside for the blind and celebrated in October - which is Eye Care Awareness Month. Both white canes and dog guides are highlighted as a symbol of the day.

The long white cane provides an effective means for blind students to get to school, workers to get to work and blind seniors to remain active, according to the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society.

"The simple stick that is celebrated not only locates obstacles but also serves to indicate that the owner has little or no sight and needs to be treated with appropriate consideration.

"It also means they can still live independently and contribute positively to the wellbeing of the communities they live in," said Lucky Ndwandwe, spokesperson for the society.

The highlight of the day will be the inauguration of buzzing robots that assist the blind.

"The robots will be installed at the corner of Beatrice and Grey streets and corner of Beatrice and Albert streets in Durban," Ndwandwe said.

He said there would be a rally after the launch of the new sound robots, where approximately 100 visually impaired people willparticipate.

White Cane Safety Day was first commemorated by the American National Federation of the Blind, who launched an initiative to ensure that any blind person who needed a long, white cane will have one, regardless of their ability to pay.

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