2015 Maine White Cane Awareness Events
One more year has come and gone, and with the arrival of a brand new autumn, the annual White Cane Walks around the state will help to usher in another fall season.
The State of Maine comes alive each October with the magnificent colors of fall, and if you happen to be in one of several cities around the Pine Tree State on October 17th, chances are you might catch a glimpse of those independent, capable roadside travelers dawning their white canes, their dog harnesses, along with the pride and courage of the blind and visually impaired community.
ACB of Maine is pleased to announce those particular details of White Cane Awareness Day. As an organization, we are proud to be associated with this show of independence, and welcome one and all to share in the celebration of this nationally recognized event.
The following events will all be held on Saturday, the 17th of October, and as you’ll see, our great state of Maine will be represented near and far, from Portland to Presque Isle.
The Pine Tree Guide Dog Users (PTGDU) White Cane Walk will be held in Augusta. Participants will gather at the Maine State Museum on the Capital grounds around 9:30am, with the walk getting underway around 10:00. At the time of this post, the actual route of the event has not been confirmed, but the destination is set to return participants to the museum.
For more information, please contact Lynn Merrill
In Bangor, there will be a similar event as compared to last season, which is to have a table set up at the Bangor Mall. There will not be an actual “white cane walk”, but event planners do wish to convey the awareness of white canes and guide dogs, as well as the driving laws regarding those independent travelers who use these tools. There will also be an effort to bring about awareness of services available, what it is like to be visually impaired, and particular aids that can prove to be helpful.
For more detailed information, please contact Pat Monahan
Dover – Foxcroft is pleased to announce that they will be holding a White Cane Awareness event this season.
Participants will be meeting at 11 am at the Cpourt House parking lot.
The walk will then travel up to the downtown area, followed by a ( pay your own) cash pizza at a local area restaurant for lunch.
For further information, please contact Nancy Matulis
Portland will be holding their annual event this season, which will again be sponsored by The Iris Network. The event will begin at 10am at Monument Square, and all are welcome.
For more information, please contact Cassie Diplock.
The Presque Isle White Cane walk will be held starting at 10 a.m. Event participants will meet in the parking lot next to Wilder’s Jewelry & make several trips of Main Street, from the corner of Academy Street to State Street.
For more information, contact Bruce Archer
And there you have it. An impressive line up for another October morning in Maine.
Please remember that all events will be held the morning of Saturday, October 17th.
Any additional information regarding these events will be posted to our ACB of Maine website as soon as possible.
There is no way to put a price on the value of independent travel. There is also nothing more important than spreading the information about independent travel to those communities around the state of Maine, both for the respect of the independent traveler, and those who may encounter the white canes and guide dogs around our great state.
At ACB of Maine, we wish all those participants another year full of great experiences and memories.
Take care all, and have an ACB Maine Day!