WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - National White Cane Day is coming up Tuesday.
Locally, the Association Of The Blind And Visually Impaired of Northern New York noted the day in advance with an educational booth at Salmon Run Mall in Watertown Saturday.
Passers-by could learn what braille is, get a free vision screening and experience the challenges of being visually impaired.
Organizers said it’s important for the community to understand the range of vision impairments.
“Blindness is a low-incidence disability, but it’s also many clients in the tri-county area that have legal blindness or low vision or even visually impaired,” said Olivia Kassoum-Amadou, executive director of the local Association.
“The more we can get out and educate the community about those disabilities, then the better it is for us.”
The NNY Association For The Blind And Visually Impaired is trying to raise $100,000 over the next year.
White Cane Day is a day set aside each year to acknowledge the abilities of people who are blind and promote equal opportunity for people with visual impairments.