White Cane Awareness Day

Thursday, October 12 - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Harold Washington Library
400 S State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Andrea uses her cane to walk confidently down a busy Chicago sidewalkEvery October 15, we celebrate White Cane Day.  The white cane is the international symbol of vision loss. The day raises awareness about the ability of people with vision loss to live and work independently and give back to their communities.

To help better understand how this is accomplished, our interactive presentation highlights the many ways a person with vision loss can travel safely with and without a white cane. We will address a wide variety of questions and provide tips and etiquette suggestions for assisting a person with vision loss.

  • What are the ways a person with vision loss can travel safely?
  • What is orientation and mobility and how does it work?
  • Why do some people use a white cane and others a guide dog?
  • What is the best way to help someone with vision loss traveling independently?
  • What is the “human guide” technique?

Attendees will also participate in a demonstration on the human guide technique. This presentation is appropriate for anyone interested in learning how best to assist someone with vision loss and those who want to learn more about the art and science of orientation and mobility.

To register for this workshop at Harold Washington Library, call 312-747-4700 or email Patrice Johnson.

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