[NFBMO] From the Jefferson City News Tribune: White Cane campaign to highlight needs of blind
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Subject: [NFBMO] From the Jefferson City News Tribune: White Cane campaign
to highlight needs of blind
Thank you, Shelia for making me aware of this.
White Cane campaign to highlight needs of blind
Thursday is White Cane Awareness Day in Missouri.Gov. Mike Parson issued a
proclamation, as October is Meet the Blind Month.
Oct. 14 2020 @ 12:05am
Thursday is White Cane Awareness Day in Missouri.
Gov. Mike Parson issued a proclamation, as October is Meet the Blind Month.
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri officials said they hope this
leads to a greater understanding of the blind in today's society.
Group spokesman Daniel Garcia said the proclamation serves as a means to
acknowledge the usefulness of the white cane as 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
White Cane Awareness Day is observed, Garcia said, to emphasize the need for
all Americans to be aware of the presence of people with disabilities in our
communities and to work together to keep streets, highways, sidewalks,
walkways, public buildings, facilities, and places of public accommodation
safe and functional to the disabled community.
Garcia said they are also asking blind citizens to take part in the NFB's
Blind Voter Survey to report good or bad voting experiences. The NFB will
use this data to approach elected officials to make the voting process more
accessible for the blind.
"The Help America Vote Act provides for an accessible voting machine at
every precinct during federal elections," Garcia said. "The National
Federation of the Blind of Missouri is thus working hard to persuade the
legislature to have accessible voting machines at every polling place in
local and state elections as well. We are also working with election
officials to ensure that in future elections, blind people will be able to
preserve their right to independently cast a secret ballot if they choose to
Daniel Garcia, Public Relations Chair
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
dangarcia3 at hotmail.com
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