AUSTIN, Texas - For most, a stroll down one of Austin's busiest streets isn't a big deal.

But for those who are blind or visually impaired, it's something worth celebrating.

"Being able to walk down the street without being scared of getting hit is amazing to be completely honest," said Amina Abdalla, a high school senior with visual impairment.

Which is why White Cane Day is so meaningful to those who rely on these devices - it gives them a chance to be proud of their self-sufficiency.

"A cane is basically our best friend," said Abdalla. "It shows us how much we can get around without anybody else's help and just be independent."

White Cane Day is a nationwide celebration dating back to the 1960s.

It started as a safety reminder to promote consideration for blind pedestrians, but now carries more significance.

"I learned how I can be independent, I can do things by myself with a visual impairment, so nothing can stop me anymore," said Ashley Pryor.

"It's just nice having people that have something similar, or similar visual impairments and things compared to you," said Mikkah Margrave. "You're with people that are like you."

People of all ages and backgrounds, uniting for a special celebration, and spreading an important message.

"We can all come together to be a family in the blind community, so I think it's great," Pryor said.

"Just because I may be visually impaired doesn't mean I can't do things on my own and I can't be independent," said Abdalla. "I think that's a strong message that should be passed on everywhere."