The Daily Item
HARRISBURG — In an effort to inform Pennsylvania’s citizens about the prevention and treatment of low vision and blindness, the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania are joining together to celebrate the White Cane as a symbol of a blind or visually impaired person’s ability to achieve a full and independent life. The Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, as a statewide organization, will be holding regional events throughout the state on Oct. 15.
“Our focus at these events will be to educate people about vision loss and to showcase the talents and abilities of people who are blind or vision impaired. Additionally, we hope to reach people who are experiencing vision loss so they will know how to access the resources that will enable them to acquire the skills, tools, and services necessary to maintain an autonomous lifestyle,” says Elaine Welch, president/CEO of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.
Vision Resources will stage a celebration at the Pennsylvania Capitol steps, Third and State streets, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15. Included will be VROCP employees, clients and volunteers to greet guests, answer questions and provide information and hand-outs to support this public awareness event. Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania will call this gathering, our “White Cane Awareness Day” and we invite the public to please join us.
The Pennsylvania Association for the Blind is excited about the collaboration of blind organizations across the state in an effort to build better, and more open communities that embrace blind and visually impaired individuals throughout the Commonwealth. For more information about White Cane Day and Blindness Awareness Month events, contact PAB at (717) 766-2020 or Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania at (717) 238-2531 and be sure to visit www.pablind.org or www.vrocp.org.