October is Blindness Awareness Month
Here at Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, awareness of blindness and visual impairment isn’t just a month-long observation – every day we see the impact that visual impairment can have on children, their families and our community as a whole.
It’s estimated there are 16,000 children, ages birth to 20, in the state of Nevada who are blind or living with low vision. We get to work with some of them here – see their smiles, hear their laughter, experience their frustrations in a world that isn’t always set up for them.
Within the month of October, two days are observed, World Sight Day and White Cane Awareness Day.
World Sight Day, October 10, 2019
World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is seen as one of the most important communication and advocacy events on the eye health calendar.
Initially started by the Lions Club International Foundation as part of the Sight First campaign in the year 2000, World Sight Day is now coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) under the VISION 2020 global initiative which aims to promote “a world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired.”Some of the goals of World Sight Day and Vision 2020 include:
- Raising public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as a major international public health issue.
- Influencing Government/Ministers of Health to participate in and designate funds for national blindness preventions programs.
- Educating target audiences about blindness preventions.
White Cane Awareness Day – October 15, 2019
Each year, communities across the country acknowledge the significance that the white cane plays in the lives of people who are blind, allowing them to live a fully productive life without sight.
Through a joint effort by the Vision Services Team of Southern Nevada, National Federation of the Blind Nevada, and Nevada Counsel for the Blind, White Cane Awareness Day will be recognized locally at the West Sahara Library. Activities will take place from 3pm to 5pm and will include the reading of the White Cane Awareness Day proclamation. The Library is located at 9600 West Sahara Ave., this event is open to the public.
Join NBCF in observing Blindness Awareness Month. Advocate for more inclusion and access for blind and low-vision people. Learn how to be helpful and encouraging when you encounter a blind child (link to: https://www.wikihow.com/Help-a-Blind-Person).
Thank you for being a part of this important work. And, please, the offer is always open to come visit, tour the Learning Center and meet these amazing people for yourself.