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      IDB Orientation Center students and staff walk with white canes on the State of Iowa Capitol Complex while participating in the 25th anniversary celebration of the ADA.

      Celebrate White Cane Safety Day October 15!

      White Cane Safety Day, also known as Blind Americans Equality Day, is an annual, national observance that recognizes the achievements of blind Americans and the importance of the white cane as the basic tool of mobility and symbol of independence for the blind. It is also a day to remind all citizens of the laws granting the right of way to blind cane travelers. In 1964, the United States Congress authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as "White Cane Safety Day". In fact, White Cane Safety Day is now celebrated around the world in many countries on the same date.

      The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) is hosting a celebration and community walk to mark the occasion and is inviting members of Iowa’s blindness community to participate. Located at 524 Fourth Street in Des Moines, IDB’s event will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.


      Sioux City Vision Loss Resource Fair October 22

      IDB Rehabilitation Teacher Brianna Gowen demonstrates a digital talking book machine to two visitors to the vision loss reosurce fair in Des Moines.

      Staff from the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) will join technology vendors and local service providers to bring the continuing series of vision loss resource fairs to Sioux City, Iowa on October 22, 2015 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The event will take place at Western Iowa Tech Community College, Corporate College (CCO) Building, Room B174, 4647 Stone Ave in Sioux City.


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