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TALLAHASSEE--To raise awareness of success in the blindness community, celebrate White Cane Day Oct. 15th, followed by a community White Cane Walk Sat. Oct. 16th. 

 

Be on the look out for the Working While Blind Film Crew making a short documentary (to CELEBRATE... white canes in hand) featuring the inclusive nature of the city of Tallahassee, and its residents. 

 

“Whether you are blind or sighted, what does the white cane mean for you?” asks Ben Fox, Founder of the blindDANCE Film Festival and director of the short film. "For me, the white cane opened the world back up when it had become very small. On set, our motto is: White Canes, Cameras, Action."

 

Fox recently enjoyed completing a commercial featuring the freedom the white cane brings at large events, like a Florida State Football Game! 

 

The documentary’s purpose is to celebrate the white cane while raising awareness of the importance of proper training to use it effectively. 

 

“A white cane is connection and it is the key to accessing the commuity for someone who is blind,” says Karen Walker President of Allied Instructional Services (the largest employer of white cane instructors in the country, and a resident of Tallahassee). “I have seen people’s entire world open up. With a white cane, a person who was once stuck to a single room can reach the entire world.” 

 

Walker says the most impactful moments happen (during her decades of work in the blindness community) when a small child first grasps the freedom that is blossoming to them through the white cane. 

 

Flordia residents seeking information or help navigating life with vision loss have people cheering for them and programs in place. 

 

The Light House of the BIg Bend is a Tallahassee based organization and leader in providing White Cane, Orientation and Mobility instruciton to people transitioning to blindness at any age. 

 

“When a person has the skills to navigate their enviroment so many possiblities are open from there,” says Kim Galbin-Countryman, CEO of the Lighthouse of the Big Bend. “I love seeing people thrive white cane in hand.” 

 

In additon to documenting the White Cane Walk in Tallahassee, the documentary film includes interviews from Florida residants with personal accounts of how their world changed with learning White Cane Skills. 

 

Also the film includes a real life training for people who are sighted and care to provdie “human guide” services for thier friends who are blind in areas when needed. 

 

“We have invited some well-known local folks from around Tallahassee to join us for a table talk, about all things blindness,” says Fox. ”The walk around the block will be a unique experience after the sighted human guide training.” 

 

For more information on services for the blind visit: https://www.seeingindependence.org

 

The white cane walk is: 

October 16th

          9 am – Noon

          Leroy Collins Public Library, 200 W Park Ave Tallahassee FL

         

          Purpose:    Bring awareness about what White Cane Day is and what it means.

          Walk:          Walk the block of Call and Duval Streets by the library

TALLAHASSEE--To raise awareness of success in the blindness community, celebrate White Cane Day Oct. 15th, followed by a community White Cane Walk Sat. Oct. 16th. 

 

Be on the look out for the Working While Blind Film Crew making a short documentary (to CELEBRATE... white canes in hand) featuring the inclusive nature of the city of Tallahassee, and its residents. 

 

“Whether you are blind or sighted, what does the white cane mean for you?” asks Ben Fox, Founder of the blindDANCE Film Festival and director of the short film. "For me, the white cane opened the wold back up when it had become very small. On set, our motto is: White Canes, Cameras, Action."

 

Fox recently enjoyed completing a commercial featuring the freedom the white cane brings at large events, like a Florida State Football Game! 

 

The documentary’s purpose is to celebrate the white cane while raising awareness of the importance of proper training to use it effectively. 

 

“A white cane is connection and it is the key to accessing the commuity for someone who is blind,” says Karen Walker President of Allied Instructional Services (the largest employer of white cane instructors in the country, and a resident of Tallahassee). “I have seen people’s entire world open up. With a white cane, a person who was once stuck to a single room can reach the entire world.” 

 

Walker says the most impactful moments happen (during her decades of work in the blindness community) when a small child first grasps the freedom that is blossoming to them through the white cane. 

 

Flordia residents seeking information or help navigating life with vision loss have people cheering for them and programs in place. 

 

The Light House of the BIg Bend is a Tallahassee based organization and leader in providing White Cane, Orientation and Mobility instruciton to people transitioning to blindness at any age. 

 

“When a person has the skills to navigate their enviroment so many possiblities are open from there,” says Kim Garbner, Executive Director of the Lighthouse of the Big Bend. “I love seeing people thrive white cane in hand.” 

 

In additon to documenting the White Cane Walk in Tallahassee, the documentary film includes interviews from Florida residants with personal accounts of how their world changed with learning White Cane Skills. 

 

Also the film includes a real life training for people who are sighted and care to provdie “human guide” services for thier friends who are blind in areas when needed. 

 

“We have invited some well-known local folks from around Tallahassee to join us for a table talk, about all things blindness,” says Fox. ”The walk around the block will be a unique experience after the sighted human guide training.” 

 

For more information on services for the blind visit: https://www.seeingindependence.org

 

The white cane walk is: 

October 16th

          9 am – Noon

          Leroy Collins Public Library, 200 W Park Ave Tallahassee FL

         

          Purpose:    Bring awareness about what White Cane Day is and what it means.

          Walk:          Walk the block of Call and Duval Streets by the library