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:

 

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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

email: nancy.Matulis@yahoo.com

 

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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

email: Bruce.a.archer@maine.gov

 

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Augusta,

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

email: epeabody@roadrunner.com

 

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Bangor

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 pmonahan@theiris.org

 

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Portland

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 www.theiris.org

Or contact Terry Tomchak at ttomchak@theiris.org

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