BY CHRISTOPHER ROSIN
In 2009, Ross DeVusyst, Donna Lathrop and Jim Haack co-founded the Low Vision Support that meets the second Tuesday of each month at United Way: 2000 Domanik Drive in the former Lincoln Lutheran Building from 1:30-3 p.m.
The group allows people living with low vision or blindness an opportunity to connect with peers who understand their experience for support. It allows them to realize they are not alone, share tips and find hope to move forward in their journey.
This group also provides resources, and has featured guest speakers and information on topics such as: seeing eye dogs (training and daily life), Hadley School for the Blind, dealing with deafness and blindness, using Alexa and other tech support, Lions Club camp experiences, cooking techniques for the blind, Racine Public Library’s services such as Talking Books, RAM art project, Vision Forward and even a visit from the mayor’s office.
Advocacy is another benefit of attending the group to discuss issues to bridge gaps in services such as transportation or state support.
Oct. 15 is White Cane Safety Day in Wisconsin and nationwide. In honor of White Cane Safety Day, various groups throughout Wisconsin and the nation will be organizing events in their communities to bring safety awareness and its significance for people with vision loss or blindness.
White Cane Safety Day acknowledges the law that is enforced year around and is based on state statute 346.26 entitled Blind Pedestrian on Highway.
(1) An operator of a vehicle shall stop the vehicle before approaching closer than 10 feet to a pedestrian who is carrying a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white trimmed with red and which is held in an extended or raised position or who is using a service animal, as defined in s. 106.52(1) (fm), and shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid accident or injury to the pedestrian. The fact that the pedestrian may be violating any of the laws applicable to pedestrians does not relieve the operator of a vehicle from the duties imposed by this subsection.
For more information, please contact: Linda Haack at (262) 634-5234 or email@example.com.
Christopher Rosin in the program director at the Racine Friendship House.