Please plan to join Lighthouse and a coalition of local advocacy groups and service providers, this Friday, October 15th, for a virtual observance of National Blind Americans Equality Day.
Formerly recognized as White Cane and Guide Dog Safety Day, the annual observance is organized to build awareness and reaffirm Central Florida's commitment to improving access to basic pedestrian safety for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Though the name of the annual observance has changed, it is important for motorists to understand the safety implications of Florida's White Cane Safety Law.
The statute states in part: Whenever a pedestrian is crossing, or attempting to cross, a public street or highway, guided by a dog guide or carrying in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white tipped with red, the driver of every vehicle approaching the intersection or place where the pedestrian is attempting to cross shall bring his or her vehicle to a full stop before arriving at such intersection or place of crossing and, before proceeding, shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian.
VIRTUAL NATIONAL BLIND AMERICANS EQUALITY DAY
The Blind Experience: Moving Without Limits
Promoting Inclusion and Pedestrian Safety for Visually Impaired
WHO: Greater Orlando Council of the Blind, National Federation of the Blind Florida Chapter, MetroPlan Orlando, Division of Blind Services, Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), Orange County Public Schools, Florida Department of Transportation, City of Orlando, Bike/Walk Central Florida and Lighthouse Central Florida/Lighthouse Works
WHAT: Annual awareness event in observance of National Blind Americans Equality Day (formerly White Cane Day); Local Government Proclamation presentations; Award Presentations Musical performances
WHEN: Friday, October 15th | 12 PM -1:30 PM
WHY: Each year this event is organized to build awareness and reaffirm Central Florida’s commitment to improving access to basic pedestrian safety for individuals who are blind or visually impaired; though the name of annual observance has changed, it is important for motorists to understand the safety implications of Florida’s White Cane Safety Law.
CONTACT: Marilyn Baldwin| 407-810-0554 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Tish Cooper | 561-876-6908 | email@example.com
Your support of vision rehabilitation services at Lighthouse Central Florida--especially during times of crisis and uncertainty--ensures that uninterrupted services and training continues for Central Florida's community of blind and visually impaired babies, children, teens, adults and seniors.
Please take good care of yourselves and your families.
President & CEO
Lighthouse Central Florida