|In 1921 James Biggs, a photographer
from Bristol who became blind after an accident, was feeling
uncomfortable with the amount of traffic around his home so he painted his walking stick white to be
more easily visible.
In 1931 in France, Guilly d'Herbemont launched a national white stick movement for blind people.
In the USA, the introduction of the white cane is attributed to the Lions Clubs International. In 1930,
a Lions Club member watched as a man who was blind attempted to cross the street with a black cane
that was barely visible to motorists against the dark pavement. The Lion's decided to paint the cane
white to make it more visible. In 1931, Lions Clubs International began a programme promoting the use
of white canes for people who are blind.
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