White Cane Awareness Day

October 15, 2019
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

About this event

Mississippi State's National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision is hosting a celebration for White Cane Awareness Day.

This celebration started in 1964 when Congress adopted a joint resolution designating Oct. 15 as White Cane Safety Day. This day helped motorists and cyclists learn about the laws that affected people with blindness—like stopping at crosswalks when they notice someone with a white cane. It has since been transformed from solely an awareness day to a celebration of the ways that people with disabilities contribute to society.

The NRTC will host an informational booth with a range of activities including the chance to have your name embossed in braille; interacting with a guide dog; completing an obstacle course with simulator glasses; meeting a person with blindness; and playing goalball. The MSU sorority Delta Gamma, which supports the philanthropy Service for Sight, has partnered with NRTC to lead the obstacle course, which participants will complete with simulator glasses or blindfolds.

Those interested in volunteering for the event are encouraged to email Emily Damm, NRTC communications specialist, at edamm@colled.msstate.edu.

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