Monthly Archives: September 2017

2017 White Cane Awareness Walks Information

With hints of autumn in the air, it’s time once again to announce the annual white cane awareness walks throughout the great State of Maine. Over these past recent years, communities around the sstate have set aside one Saturday in October to take part in this national day of awareness observation. Maine is proud to be a part of this event, as several towns and cities across the state hold associated white cane and guide dog awareness events.


On October 6, 1964 by a joint resolution of Congress, HR 753 was signed into law as “White Cane Awareness Day”‘. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s proclamation

emphasized “the white cane as both a tool and a visible symbol”. On October 15, 2000 President Bill Clinton proclaimed October 15 as

“National White Cane Awareness Day” reminding us of the history of the law.

White Canes, as well as Guide dogs are used with training by blind and visually impaired folks to travel and maneuver through out their communities in an independent and capable manner.


Please drivers, try to always comply with, and make an effort to be aware of Maine’s White Cane Law that states you must stop, and yield right of way to a person using a cane or guide dog in a crosswalk.


In recognition of this national day of observation, this years events will be held throughout the state on Saturday, October 14th.


This year’s scheduled events are as follows:



Dover- Foxcroft

Participants will be meeting at 10 am in The Mill parking lot.

Walk will proceed to Rite Aid, then return to Mill parking lot to socialize.

All are invited to join.

Sponsored by The Dover Low Vision Group

For more information, contact Nancy Matulis

Phone: (207) 270-2730




Presque Isle

Walkers will be meeting at Wilders parking lot at 10 AM

The walk will consist of a few laps of Main Street

All participants are invited to a social breakfast following the walk.

For more information, contact Bruce Archer

cell: 512-6300





Pine Tree Guide Dog Users will be hosting the White Cane Safety Day event.

Participants will be gathering at the Maine State Library around 9:30.

After introductions, announcements and presentations, the walk will take place along the streets in and around the capital complex to proudly display our independence and mobility skills.

The walk will end back at the Maine State Library.

Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome!

For more information, contact Cheryl Peabody

Treasurer, PTGDU

Phone: 872-7594





Event will take place once again at the Bangor Mall, from 10 to 2.

Demonstrations will provide awareness of the White Cane Laws, services for both adults and children, and There will be presentations regarding an understanding of visual impairment.

There will also be additional information, as well as aids.

Consumers are all welcome.

For more information, contact:

Pat Monahan, email




Registration begins at 9am @ The Iris Network

189 Park Avenue

A 1.5 mile wheelchair accessible walk will take place from the Iris campus around Deering Oaks Park.

Food and drinks will be provided, along with a raffle, special guests and gifts.

Register online at

Or contact Terry Tomchak at

2017 ACB of Maine Annual Convention


2017 ACB of Maine State Convention


ACB of Maine is proud to present our 2017 Annual State Convention. This year’s conference will be held in the city of Bangor, and as in 2013, we are expecting great things to come out of the event.


For the first time, this year’s conference will be joined with our friends from the Pine Tree Guide Dog Users . ACB is excited at this opportunity, and hopefully this is the start of an annual relationship that will last for years to come.


This year’s annual gathering will be a three day event, with a plethora of scheduled speakers, as well as a few surprises that have been crafted by this year’s planning committee. All of us at ACB of Maine, as well as the PTGDU are anticipating an exciting convention that will bring lasting memories through the holidays, as well as into the 2018 New Year.


ACB would like to thank all of the agenda committee members for their hard work with this years event, and we would also like to welcome anyone new to the event’s organizations who would like to attend the conference. There’s no better place to get a taste of what’s going on around the blind community of Maine, and no better group of people to spend a weekend together with than those of the American Council of the Blind of Maine and the Pine Tree Guide Dog Users.


The following is information regarding meeting location details, as well as the planned agenda for the weekend.



American Council of the Blind of Maine State Conference

When? October 6 – 8, 2017

Where? Ramada Inn

357 Odlin Rd

Bangor, ME

Phone: 947-6961


Weekend Agenda:

Friday, October 6, 2017

07:00pm-08:00pm   Auction


Saturday, October 7, 2017

08:30-09:00   Registration

09:00-09:15   Opening remarks and Introductions

09:15-10:45   Nancy Moulton, Catholic Charities Maine; Rabih Dow, the Iris Network; Samantha Fenderson, DBVI – Panel will provide updates from their agencies followed by Q&A time

10:45-11:00   Jay Deane, Ameriprise Financial Advisor

11:00-12:00   Guide Dog schools presentations – Panel will speak on                                           their schools followed by Q&A time

12:00-01:00     Lunch

01:00-01:30   Alex Hall – New Technology

01:30-02:30   Nick Giudice – Beacons

02:30-03:00   How Are Other ACB Chapters Working

03:00-04:00   Pine Tree Guide Dog Users Board Meeting

05:30-06:30   Dinner

07:00            Mic Night – bring your instruments, your voices & your                           enthusiasm!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

08:00-08:30  Vesper Service

08:30-10:00  Nick Giudice & Leona McKenna – AIRA Glasses; Jim                                Martin – ORCAM

10:00-11:00  ACB Board Meeting – including elections


Need more conference information?

Contact Cheryl Peabody

Phone: 872-7594



Again, all of us at ACB of Maine welcome you to this year’s event, and for those of you who are members of the PTGDU, we would also like to welcome you, and hope you all have a wonderful time with this years activities.


Here’s hoping that this finds you all in the middle of an amazing day.


Please remember that ACB of Maine begins with you. We thank you all for your continued support.


Go grab yourself an ACB day!