VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
VA Ann Arbor Hosts White Cane Safety Day
On October 15, 2018 the Ann Arbor VA hospital will be proudly observing its first annual White Cane Safety Day event. White Cane Safety Day is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15th of each year. Since President Johnson signed the joint resolution in 1964 proclaiming October 15th as “White Cane Safety Day”, this date has been set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are legally blind or visually impaired and the importance of the white cane as a symbol of mobility, independence and achievement.
The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness and how the blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities, to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world and to honor the many contributions being made by the blind and visually impaired.
Please join the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Blind Rehab Outpatient Specialist (BROS) program and Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) from 10am-2pm in the hospital auditorium to observe this national day of recognition and to celebrate the accomplishments of America’s blinded Veterans.
A number of outside organizations and partners will be on hand to share information, perform demonstrations, and showcase equipment, including:
- USABA VA National Goal Ball Team: A team member will be on hand to exhibit the skills, highlight the rules and educate the public on this exciting Para-Olympic sport.
- Leader Dogs of America: Will provide education about guide dogs, the training process and highlight the community partner process with the VA.
- Toledo Sight Center of Northwest Ohio: Will provide education on adaptive golf, their community program and information about the National Tee tournament and showcase their “Dining in The Dark” hands on demonstration to give participants the opportunity to experience what it is like to eat lunch (hotdogs) while wearing a blindfold.
- Local Vendors: Will showcase adaptive equipment - devices which are the hallmark to maintaining a Veteran’s independence.
- BROS & VIST: Will be available to provide hospital education and best practices for assisting Veteran’s with visual impairments.
CLICK HERE to download a copy of the White Cane Safety Day event flyer.
Since July 4th 1948, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has provided blind and vision rehabilitation programs that target Veterans and Servicemembers who are visually impaired. While the challenge to do this has greatly increased, VA has aggressively expanded innovative service delivery models to better meet these needs. With a commitment to provide world-class rehabilitation training, VA is working to enhance services, improve access to care, and increase patient satisfaction for Veterans and Servicemembers with visual impairment.
Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Service (BROS) programs provide intensive case management for severely disabled blind Veterans. Services include:
- Life-long rehabilitation care and access to services
- Partnering with teams of medical and rehabilitation specialists for Veterans and Servicemembers with Polytrauma
- Clinical research that advances evidence-based practices
CLICK HERE to learn more about the VA’s Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST).
For more information about the White Cane Safety Day, Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Services or the Visual Impairement Services Team, please contact:
Richard Alden, COMS, MS
Visual Impairment Services
2215 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor MI 48105