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American Council of the Blind (ACB) Posts Document Detailing White Cane Laws Throughout U.S.

The ACB’s National Office has posted a much anticipated document that details the White Cane Laws for each of the 50 states and District of Columbia. White Cane Laws refer to laws that support pedestrians who are blind being able to fully access streets and public ways. These laws state that drivers should use every precaution possible when approaching a pedestrian carrying a white or metallic cane, or using a guide dog, both of which suggest the pedestrian is completely or partially blind.  This resource from ACB outlines each state’s laws, regulations, penalties, and text from the state’s drivers’ manual.  The state’s website, or state employees, was used to gather this information. Access the White Cane Laws for States at: http://www.acb.org/whitecane. Read More

 In 2011, Syracuse Stage introduced a new service for patrons who are blind or have a visual impairment. The new service is called audio description.

Essentially, the service provides simultaneous live narration via headset for patrons during a Syracuse Stage show. The narration includes descriptions of stage action, characters’ reactions, and other non-verbal information that are part of the narrative of the play. The narration is provided from a booth located in the rear if the theatre. Patrons receive through their headsets the voice of the narrator as well as an audio feed from the stage providing the voices of the actors. Read More

We want to thank all of our supporters, sponsors and those who attended this year’s Musical Feast for the Eyes and Ears Fundraiser. It was a huge success with over $56,000 raised.

The event highlighted the accomplishments of Retina–Vitreous Surgeons, our Honorary Chairs, and their founder Dr. William Delaney.   Close to three hundred guests were inspired by the testimonials of Tim Conners and Shaunna Smith and enjoyed the musical talents of concert pianist Andrew Russo.     A new feature, our PAY IT FORWARD Auction, enabled us to explain our programs and services, raise money, and honor the memory of our good friend, Bruce Soden.  Read More