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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- The St Lucie Chapter of National Federation of the Blind will be observing White Cane Safety Day on Oct.15, beginning at 11a.m. at WQCS Radio Station, IRSC, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.
The meeting will begin with Fort Pierce Mayor Hudson reading the White Cane Safety Day Proclamation and the White Cane Law. A short orientation and mobility instruction will be presented by a certified Orientation & Mobility Instructor from the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches on how to use the cane. Participants will then cross 35th Street and return to the WQCS Radio Station and be able to speak with members of the chapter.
On Oct. 6, 1964, HR 753, a joint resolution of the Congress, was signed into law authorizing the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as "White Cane Safety Day."
President Lyndon Johnson was the first to make this proclamation. There is a variation of the White Cane Law in every state. The St Lucie Chapter is observing this day to bring awareness to residents, especially drivers, concerning the White Cane Law.
The St Lucie Chapter of NFB meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month from 11a.m. -1p.m. at WQCS Radio Station. National Federation of the Blind is the oldest, largest and most influential membership organization of people who are blind/visually impaired in the United States. Founded in 1940, NFB's purpose is to help people who are blind/visually impaired achieve self-confidence, self-respect, and self-determination. NFB's goal is the complete integration of people who are blind/visually impaired into society on the basis of equality. NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of people who are blind/visually impaired, and develops innovative educational, technological, and training programs to provide people who are blind and those who are losing their vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful.
NFB welcomes members of all ages, including children and their parents. There is a parent's division for families of children from birth to 18 who are blind/visually impaired.
For more information, call (772) 284-4458.