CVI’s White Cane Awareness Day celebration was a morning full of hope and inspiration. The visually impaired community gathered to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and the significance of the white cane as a mobility tool. CVI’s support group leaders, along with others in the visually impaired community, shared stories of their journeys with their white canes.
We are thrilled to share some of their comments.
“The white cane is one of the most important things you can embrace as a visually impaired person. It opens up your world.” – George Acey, CVI support group leader
“We’re human beings. We’re no different than anybody else. We can do everything. We’re not limited – we’re unlimited.” – Dennis Darnes, CVI men’s support group leader
“I can still do the same things I could do before [vision loss]. It’s just that I have to learn how to do them in a different way. I’ve embraced my blindness; I don’t let it get me down.” – Loretta Phillips, President, Atlanta Chapter, Georgia Regional Group, Blind Veterans Association
Everyone enjoyed spoken word performances by QuestionATL, a blind rapper and producer, as well as by Chetta d, and Bridgette Suttle. Several people shared poems about their experiences.
White Cane Awareness Day is observed globally on October 15 to celebrate the achievements of blind or visually impaired people. The white cane is an important mobility tool for such individuals and serves as a visual cue for sighted people to recognize a person has vision loss.
We are grateful to Chick-Fil-A, Publix, and Tiff’s Treats for providing refreshments.
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