White Cane Day Events

13 September 2017

Vermont White Cane Safety Awareness Day Celebrations

The white cane is a symbol of strength and independence for blind and visually impaired people. According to the American Council of the Blind, the white cane was first introduced in the United States in 1931 by a member of Lions Club International after he saw an individual crossing a busy street with a black cane that seemed to be extremely difficult for motorists to notice.

On October 6, 1964, Congress passed a joint resolution to grant the President of the United States the power to proclaim October 15th of each year as White Cane Safety Awareness Day. President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first White Cane Safety Awareness Day within hours of the passage of the resolution. Since its inception, White Cane Safety Awareness Day has both celebrated the white cane and brought awareness to those who are not familiar with what it is like to travel under the guidance of the white cane.

Events and celebrations throughout the state are being sponsored by the State of Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) as follows:

Oct 3rd, 2017, St. Alban’s – A Walk-a-Thon at the Collins-Parley Sports and Fitness Center with proceeds benefiting the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 10:30 AM -12:00 PM.

Oct 11, 2017, Burlington – A community walk along Church Street with accessible GPS devices for the visually impaired. Assemble at 11:30 AM at the Church St. side of Burlington City Hall. Walk to conclude at the Overlook Café for light refreshments.

Oct 13, 2017, Montpelier – Meet at the State House on the lawn at 1:00 PM. State and local officials will be in attendance. All will walk to the Savoy Theater. A video presentation highlighting the accomplishments of a St. Alban’s high school senior who is visually impaired followed by a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be served.
Castleton – An experiential walk through the campus and town followed by light refreshments. Meet at 11:30 at Castleton University, Campus Center, 1787 Room, 47 College Drive, Castleton VT

Oct 14, 2017, Brattleboro – A bowling in the Dark event. Proceeds from the event benefit services at the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Brattleboro Lanes.

St. Johnsbury – Information Table and mall walk at the Green Mountain Mall from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

For more information about this year’s White Cane Day celebrations throughout the state contact: Carol Wood, Vermont Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired, 802-786-5822 / carol.wood@vermont.gov or Dan Norris, Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1-877-350-8838, ext: 101 or dnorris@vabvi.org.

Additional Regional Events Information

You’re Invited to Participate in the 53rd
Annual Observance of
White Cane Safety Awareness Day

Rutland area

When: Friday, October 13, 2017

Where: Castleton University
Campus Center, 1787 Room
47 College Drive, Castleton VT

Time: 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Experiential walk at 12 noon.
Light refreshments afterwards.

The Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired and the Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired are planning a walk to bring awareness of white cane safety.

Your presence on this day would be appreciated as a show of support for the safety of all of those who depend on the white cane for mobility and independence.

For more information, call DBVI at (802)786-5822 or e-mail carol.wood@vermont.gov

If you are visually impaired and need transportation to this event, please contact Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Rutland office at 877-350-8839.

Burlington

White Cane Safety Awareness Day celebration October 11, 2017

Chittenden County will celebrate the 53rd annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day on Wednesday October 11 in Burlington. The Vermont Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired is sponsoring the event.

The white cane is a symbol of strength and independence for blind and visually impaired people. According to the American Council of the Blind, the white cane was first introduced in the United States in 1931 by a member of Lions Club International, after he saw an individual crossing a busy street with a black cane that seemed to be extremely difficult for motorists to notice. Each year the President of the United States proclaims October 15th as White Cane Safety Day.

Who: Participants of all ages and abilities. Blind, visually impaired, and sighted people welcome. We will have blindfolds and simulation goggles available for anyone who wants to “try on” a visual impairment.

What: A guided walk up Church St. ending in a reception at The Overlook Café at 108 Cherry St., a business operated by a visually impaired person. We will be highlighting several GPS devices and smartphone apps that help with orientation and mobility. Bring your smartphones if you have them! Of course, the tried and true method of white cane and guide dog are always welcome!

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Meet on the Church St. side of Burlington City Hall.

Why: To educate the public about the importance of yielding to pedestrians using a white cane or guide dog. To educate ourselves about some cool new technology. To celebrate how these tools give blind and visually impaired people independence to live their lives. To have some fun together!

For more information about this year’s White Cane Day celebration in Burlington, contact: Taya Tarr, Vermont Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired, 802-863-7530 or taya.tarr@vermont.gov

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