[NFBMO] White Cane Awareness Day Proclamation Scans

Randy C randycarmack at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 06:38:08 UTC 2020

Daniel, here are the high quality scans that you requested of the White
Cane Awareness Day Proclamation.  I have also included an "alt text" file
that I created because I was not able to add the "alt text" to a pdf file
without giving some money to Adobe, which I feel is a despicable
business practice.

I have posted this to our website.  I hope that you don't mind but I also
shared this email to the NFB of Missouri Listserv.  I feel that the more
people we can reach with this, the better.

Randy Carmack
NFBMO.org Website Administrator/Developer
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White Cane Day Proclamation document.
The document is on fancy parchment paper surrounded by a black trim.
Document Text, “Office of the Governor”
Followed by more document text, “State of Missouri, Governors Proclamation, WHEREAS, the white cane is a simple yet effective tool of independence that contributes to the self-sufficiency of individuals who are blind and visually impaired and symbolizes their ability to achieve a full and independent life and their capacity to work productively in competitive employment; and  WHEREAS, the white cane is a symbol of dignity and determination as well as a tangible reminder that individuals with impaired eyesight are able to go, to move, to be, to compete, and to contribute with all others in society and to lead full, independent and productive lives; and WHEREAS, established by the National Federation of the Blind, the annual observance of “White Cane Awareness Day” emphasizes the need for all Americans to be aware of the presence of persons with disabilities in our communities and to work together to keep the streets, highways, sidewalks,  walkways, public buildings, facilities, and places of public accommodation, amusement, and resort  safe and functional to the disability community; and WHEREAS, the 2020 observance of “White Cane Awareness Day” provides an opportunity for people across the Show-Me State and the nation to renew their dedication to eliminating barriers for people who are blind and visually impaired, and to recognize their value as individuals, employees, and productive members of our communities.  NOW THEREFORE, I Michael L. Parson, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI do hereby proclaim October 15, 2020, to be WHITE CANE AWARENESS DAY in Missouri and encourage all Missourians to show respect for those who carry the white cane, to honor their many achievements, and to reaffirm our commitment to improving access to basic services and opportunities for persons who are blind and visually impaired.  IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, this 23rd day of September, 2020.”
Followed by a somewhat larger gold Missouri State Seal with a red ribbon attached.  To the right of which is the governors signature with text below that says, “Michael L. Parson GOVERNOR ATTEST”, then displays the signature of Jay Ashcroft with the final text, “SECRETARY OF STATE”.
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