White Cane Day helps raise awareness of how the visually impaired live

White Cane Day

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - National White Cane Day is coming up Tuesday, but one north country organization celebrated early.

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Northern New York set up at Watertown’s Salmon Run Mall on Saturday.

People stopped by to learn braille, get free vision screening, and discuss the challenges of being blind.

Executive director Olivia Kassoum-Amadou says it's important for the community to understand the different disabilities people in the area might have.

“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,” she said, “and the more we can get out and educate the community about those disabilities, then the better it is for us.”

The association is currently trying to raise $100,000 for its 20/20 campaign, which lasts through December of next year.

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