White Cane Day 2018 coming up in September
Alabama’s White Cane Day will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 29, in Montgomery.
The event, which is in its sixth year, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Alabama State Capitol building.
Lenore Dillon, coordinator of vision rehabilitation therapists and orientation and mobility specialists for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, said the opening ceremonies will include the Star-Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance and an opening prayer by Brian Miller, pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Miller was chosen
because his church hosts a large support group for people with vision loss.
Dillon said a history of the white cane and White Cane Day will be provided before the group marches from the Capitol to Riverwalk Amphitheater.
The event – which will wrap up at 1 p.m. – will also feature speakers, music, vendors and games.
Activities for children will include a beeping Easter egg hunt where participants will be blindfolded and a game of goalball for older children. Goalball, a sport designed for participants who are blind or have low vision, is similar to soccer.
The Southeastern Guide Dog Association puppy raisers will also be on hand to explain their training process for guide dogs.
Dillon said she hopes those who attend the festivities will leave with two things in mind:
“First, people with blindness and low vision can go out and do anything. They aren’t really limited as far as their goals, abilities and talents,” she said. “Also, we want people to be aware of what the white cane is so that if they see it, they can respect it.”
White Cane Day was established in 1964 and is celebrated nationally on Oct. 15 each year.