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MVCC, Utica Council of the Blind, and CABVI to hold White Cane Day to raise awareness
Oct 9, 2018
Mohawk Valley Community College’s Office of Accessibility Resources, The Utica Council of the Blind (UCB), and the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) will hold a White Cane Day event for members of the College community and the public to learn about the struggles an individual who is blind or visually impaired faces every day through the adaptive equipment they use. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, on the Main Quad outside of the Alumni College Center at the College’s Utica Campus.
During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to be blindfolded to better understand what it’s like to be blind. CABVI will have a certified Orientation of Mobility Instructor on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions.
“I think an event like this is very educational and rewarding,” said Maria Gage, president of UCB. “It will help the MVCC student body engage with their visually impaired fellow students and vice versa. Education is knowledge.”
The Utica Council of the Blind (UCB), is a chapter of The American Council of the Blind of New York (ACB). It is a non-profit organization seeking to promote the independence and dignity of persons with visual impairments. The UCB chapter serves Utica and surrounding areas to fulfill ACB's Mission. Members meet and discuss ways to improve the quality of lives for people who are blind or visually impaired and its members are continually hosting lectures, events, fundraisers and outreach programs. UCB has 32 members making it the second largest chapter in New York state.
Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) is a not-for-profit agency that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, generally free of charge. Our staff of professionals offers comprehensive vision rehabilitation, employment, and technology services personally tailored to meet an individual’s needs.
CABVI’s vision rehabilitation programs provide for more than 1,500 people who are blind or visually impaired in an eight-county area of upstate New York (Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Lewis, Montgomery, Jefferson, and northern Otsego Counties). CABVI offers low vision examinations, vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility, instruction in the use of assistive technology applications, employment training, adaptive recreation and sports, and social work.
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