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Mayor Parker Invites Houstonians to Celebrate “White Cane Safety Day”

Downtown march & festivities highlight the safety concerns of individuals who are blind or visually impaired

Who:Houston Mayor Annise Parker
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities – Department of Neighborhoods
Houston Parks and Recreation Department
Mayor’s Office of Special Events
Community Partners

What:2012 “White Cane Safety Day,” featuring White Cane Safety March, Mayor’s Proclamation, Performances & a Resource Fair for persons who are blind or visually impaired.

When:
Tuesday, October 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:March – Starts at 914 Walker St. @ Main St. 77002 & ends at City Hall, Walker St. @ Smith St.

Mayor’s Proclamation – on the steps of City Hall

Celebration & Resource Fair – City Hall reflection pool area

Notes:“White Cane Safety Day” calls attention to the iconic white cane and guide dog, used as aids for safety and mobility by persons who are blind or visually impaired. The event starts with the White Cane Safety March at 10 a.m., from Main Street Square at 914 Main Street to the City Hall reflection pool area, Walker @ Smith Streets. Houston Mayor Annise Parker will present a City Proclamation in observance of “White Cane Safety Day” in front of City Hall. A resource fair for individuals who are blind or visually impaired will follow. The fair will feature information booths, non-visual activities, demonstrations of assistive technology, prize giveaways and entertainment.

“White Cane Safety Day” is part of a series of October events in observance of Disability Awareness Month 2012. The City of Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events are proud to join community partners in support of this event. The community partners are: Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services, Houston Council of the Blind, National Federation of the Blind-Houston Chapter, Lighthouse of Houston and Texas City Lion’s Club.

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities is a division of the Department of Neighborhoods. For more information, call 713-284-1990 or visit www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods.

Contact:
Evangelina Vigil
evangelina.vigil@houstontx.gov
832.393.0832

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