White Cane Day to raise awareness

Published Oct 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

A White Cane Day to raise awareness of the struggles faced daily by blind or visually impaired individuals through the adaptive equipment they use will be Monday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica.

The event, on the Main Quad outside of the Alumni College Center, will be held by MVCC’s Office of Accessibility Resources, The Utica Council of the Blind (UCB), and the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI).

During the event, geared for members of the college community and the public, attendees will have the opportunity to be blindfolded to better understand what it’s like to be blind, said MVCC. 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.”