The Association for the Visually Impaired (AVI) and the Rockland Community College Accessibility Service Department will mark  2017 Rockland County White Cane Awareness Day with the workshop “Demystifying the White Cane,” October 199 -11 a.m. in Room 3214 of the Nelson Mandela Activity Center (second floor) at Rockland Community College. White Cane Awareness Day, a national observance in the United States, is celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness and how those who are blind and visually impaired can live and work independently and to celebrate the successes achieved by the blind.

Guest speakers include Rockland Community College graduate Kenneth Chi, a program advocate at BRIDGES, and representatives from SUNY Rockland and AVI, who will discuss how people with blindness and visual impairments can access services to advance their education and employment opportunities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to wear simulation glasses as part of a guided sight demonstration and learn about the latest low-vision tools and technological advancements. Several vendors will demonstrate new technology available to assist people with vision loss.

AVI, a non-profit organization serving Rockland and Orange Counties, provides comprehensive vision rehabilitation, mobility instruction, employment placement, and social work services to visually impaired children and adults. For more information on the services AVI provides to the community, please visit www.avieyes.org. Event co-sponsors:  Rockland Community College, NYS Commission for the Blind, BRIDGES and Lions Club District #20 R-1.

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