[blindkid] white cane on school bus

Carol Castellano carol_castellano at verizon.net
Tue Nov 20 17:46:13 UTC 2012


Do we know what state the student is in?  Most (maybe all) states 
have White Cane laws.  Here's are excerpts from the Illinois law, for example :

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2271&ChapterID=64
HUMAN RIGHTS
(775 ILCS 30/) White Cane Law.

(775 ILCS 30/2) (from Ch. 23, par. 3362)
     Sec. 2. It is the policy of this State to encourage and enable 
the blind, the visually handicapped and the otherwise physically 
disabled to participate fully in the social and economic life of the 
State and to engage in remunerative employment.
(Source: P.A. 76-663.)

     (775 ILCS 30/3) (from Ch. 23, par. 3363)
     Sec. 3. The blind, the visually handicapped, the hearing 
impaired, persons who are subject to epilepsy or other seizure 
disorders, and the otherwise physically disabled have the same right 
as the able-bodied to the full and free use of the streets, highways, 
sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities and other 
public places.
     The blind, the visually handicapped, the hearing impaired, 
persons who are subject to epilepsy or other seizure disorders, and 
the otherwise physically disabled are entitled to full and equal 
accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of all common 
carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, 
street cars, boats or any other public conveyances or modes of 
transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public 
accommodation, amusement or resort and other places to which the 
general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and 
limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.


(775 ILCS 30/4) (from Ch. 23, par. 3364)
     Sec. 4. Any person or persons, firm or corporation, or the agent 
of any person or persons, firm or corporation who denies or 
interferes with admittance to or enjoyment of the public facilities 
enumerated in Section 3 of this Act or otherwise interferes with the 
rights of a totally or partially blind or otherwise disabled person 
under Section 3 of this Act shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 77-2830.)

from Wikipedia 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_cane#Legislation_about_canes :
In the <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States>United States, 
laws vary from state to state, but in all cases, those carrying white 
canes are afforded the 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-of-way_(traffic)>right-of-way 
when crossing a road. They are afforded the right to use their cane 
in any public place as well.

Hope this helps.

Carol

Carol Castellano
President, Parents of Blind Children-NJ
Director of Programs
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
973-377-0976
carol_castellano at verizon.net
www.blindchildren.org
www.nopbc.org

At 10:59 AM 11/20/2012, you wrote:
>I have just been made aware of a situation where a blind elementary
>student was not aloud to take her cane onboard a school bus. I am
>quite sure this is special ed transportation. The driver stated that
>it would be unsafe for the other students. Of course this is illegal
>on so many levels but is there any legislation some one can direct me
>to that I can quickly pull down and give to this student's mother?
>
>Thanks
>
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