PARKCHESTER - Students from the New York Institute for Special Education took part in White Cane Safety Day today in an effort to honor those who are visually impaired.

The nonprofit school provides programs for children who are blind or visually disabled, as well as emotionally and learning disabled.

Students from the NYISE spent part of their day teaching passersby how to assist the visually impaired in crossing the street.

“The cane is our eyes,” said one student. “It’s what we use on an everyday basis. It's your companion."

Each year since 1964, Oct. 15 has been set aside to recognize the independence and achievements of the visually impaired.