Contact: Michelle Jones
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2016
Event to celebrate a symbol of independence for persons with visual impairments
MOBILE – An upcoming event in Mobile will spotlight and celebrate the white cane as a tool for independence and a symbol of equal access and opportunity for thousands of Alabamians with visual impairments.
White Cane Day will be commemorated on Friday, October 14 with a free event organized by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB). White Cane Day has been observed nationally on October 15th since 1964.
The focus of the celebration is the White Cane Walk which will take participants from the Mobile Marriott Hotel, 3101 Airport Blvd., to the Target entrance at the Shoppes of Bel Air. Following the walk, festivities will include presentations on blind awareness, the history of the white cane, a tactile art demonstration and exhibits by local agencies serving people who have visual impairments.
The walk will begin at 12:30 p.m. with activities wrapping up at 3:00 p.m.
Held in conjunction with the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and White Cane Day, the Alabama Initiative for Children and Youth who are DeafBlind is supporting Technology in Action 2.0 – a workshop focused on the abilities of people who are low vision, blind or deaf/blind, whether they be at home, school or work.
Steve Sullivan of the AIDB Mobile Regional Center coordinated the inaugural event last year that boasted 110 individuals in attendance. Technology in Action 2.0 will be conducted at the Mobile Marriott Hotel in Mobile, Alabama on October 12, 2016 from 1-5 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The annual training conference of AER, Alabama Chapter, will be held in the same location on October 13 and 14.
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are deaf, blind, deaf-blind and multidisabled.