Welcome to the Iowa Department for the Blind Volunteer Newsletter! In this issue, we are celebrating our volunteers and the work they have done for IDB over the last year and discussing braille literacy. We hope you find this newsletter useful and informative.
Welcome to our newsletter! In this issue, we are celebrating the unveiling training center symbol, new Youth Space opens, and an Update from the Director including the State Fiscal Year 2023 State Appropriation. We hope you find this newsletter useful and informative.
Blind Americans Equality Day or White Cane Safety Day is an annual, national observance that recognizes the achievements of blind Americans and the importance of the white cane as the basic tool of mobility and symbol of independence for the blind. It is also a day to remind all citizens of the laws granting the right of way to blind cane travelers.
In 1964, the United States Congress authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15th of each year as Blind American Equality Day, formerly, White Cane Safety Day. It is a national observance in the United States, that was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in an effort to raise awareness of people who carry a white cane. In fact, the day is now celebrated around the world in many countries on the same date.
Check out our Cane Tips with Zach video series on YouTube for more information about the white cane and cane travel.
The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) will be holding parent listening sessions via Zoom on Monday, May 11th at 10:00 am and Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm. Parents are invited to attend one or both of the sessions. Connection information is below.
IDB is working to launch several new cross-program initiatives to help youth gain independent living skills, develop self-efficacy, and be prepared for the world of work and adult life. We have been hearing from parents for several years about the need for additional support, resources, and training so that they can help their children take on age appropriate responsibilities, keep up with their peers, and make the transition from school to work in a way that results in their children becoming independent, well-adjusted, and successful adults. . One of these initiatives is the development of a parent advisory committee and a youth advisory committee to help guide our programs. We believe it is very important to ensure that our activities remain responsive to the needs of those we serve. In order to gain information that will guide our program design teams, we are inviting parents of blind and low vision youth to share their thoughts, ideas, and needs at our virtual listening sessions.
Possible Discussion Questions:
- If we were to host regular webinars about technology, what topics would you like us to cover?
- After the current crisis has past, what do you feel you would most benefit from in an in-person conference or training?
- What are the best times of day, times of the year, for online or in person events?
- If we were to create a parent and family webpage or blog, what would you hope to find there?
- If we were to bring in speakers, either in person or virtually, such as subject matter experts or blind people working in different occupations, would you attend and do you have any suggestions for what folks you would like to hear from and talk with?
- What questions do you have about IDB services and how do you think we can better communicate what we have to offer?
- What forms of communication do you find most helpful? Email, Facebook, phone, etc.?
- What training, services or support do you feel is most lacking for you and your child/ren?
- What has you most concerned for your child/ren’s future?
- What, if any, items or services from IDB have you found to be the most helpful
Zoom Connection Information:
These listening sessions will be held on Monday, May 11th at 10:00 am and Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm.
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White Cane Safety Day, also known as Blind Americans Equality Day, is an annual, national observance that recognizes the achievements of blind Americans and the importance of the white cane as the basic tool of mobility and symbol of independence for the blind. It is also a day to remind all citizens of the laws granting the right of way to blind cane travelers. In 1964, the United States Congress authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as “White Cane Safety Day”. In fact, White Cane Safety Day is now celebrated around the world in many countries on the same date.
White Cane Safety Day 2016 falls on a Saturday this year. The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) encourages all blind and low vision Iowans and their supporters to join in this fun and meaningful celebration of White Cane Safety Day 2016 by holding local events and by seeking proclamations of the date, October 15, 2016, from local governments.Links to template files for requesting proclamations from municipal and county governments and links that provide background information about this significant observance may be found here.