Lighthouse organization recognizes "White Cane Safety Day"
"It's a way to bring the community out to just experience what it might be like to live in this community with a vision impairment. So, today, with the weather we're inside but we did a bunch of different activities where people can try braille, they can try decoding braille, they can use some apps for identifying dollars or reading menus or picking up a white cane and putting on goggles that simulate a vision impairment and try to walk around the moon without hurting yourself," Lighthouse CEO Lisa Howard said.
Lighthouse enjoyed giving the demonstration because the organization feel like, often times. people are unaware of the challenges walkers with white canes face.
"There's a lot of people in our community who are vision impaired and use the white cane. Most people don't really know what that means or what they should do. So, we work very closely with the city, the county, everybody, to make our streets safe for people to use a white cane," Howard said.
"It was an amazing experience. At my station we were reading a menu with an app and we had goggles to simulate what it was like if you were visually impaired and how you read a menu at a restaurant," volunteer Chelsa Vahtomin said.
The exercises rubbed off on Vahtomin.
"I think just even more understanding of what it would be like of what it would be able not to have my vision and what it would be like to navigate day to day life in Sarasota," Vahtomin said.