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Dining In The Dark fundraiser 2017

Highlights from the Dining In The Dark fundraiser 2017 hosted by the White Plains Lions Club and benefitting the Westchester Council of the Blind.  All proceeds helped support the WCB 50 Plus Technology Grant and the WPLC Charity fund. Guests wore sleep masks to simulate blindness and ate a meal, then reflected upon their experience. A ticket raffle was also a success. The Lions Club was  presented with a proclamation by Senate Minority Leader, Andrea Stewart-cousins, who declared June 10 as the White Plains Lions Dining in the dark Day and congratulated WPLC on their club charter.

Local Blindness Awareness Group brings Street Crossing Challenge to Yonkers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Annie Chiappetta, President, Westchester Council of the blind (WCBNY) 914-393-6605 president@wcbny.org

Becky Davidson, Vice President,  WCBNY 914-243-2210  vicepresident@wcbny.org

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Local Blindness Awareness Group brings Street Crossing Challenge to Yonkers

1 June {Yonkers, N.Y.}- The Accessible Pedestrian Signal Coalition of Westchester is hosting its second annual street crossing event on June 1, to show support for Yonkers and its recognition of making streets safer and more accessible to people with disabilities, the APSC of Westchester will be handing out information inside the Riverfront library located at 1 Larkin Plaza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.       A traffic systems equipment representative will also be present for demonstrations.

Additionally, an outdoor activity, called “The Blindfold Challenge”, will seek volunteers who are sighted to cross a street nearby using a white cane while also being accompanied by a certified orientation and mobility instructor for the blind. The purpose is to let people feel what it is like to navigate   a street crossing without the benefit of vision. Moreover,   this helps the community understand how important installing APS signals are for people with disabilities to travel safely and independently in their neighborhood.

Last year, the event was held in front of the County Office building in White Plains and was a media success.

 

The coalition was formed in 2014 and includes members from State, County, and local  Departments of Transportation, blindness organizations, Independent Living Centers, and municipalities working on increasing  installations of APS .

According to Westchester Council of the Blind President, Annie Chiappetta, “APS  are devices that use audible sounds to assist blind and deaf blind individuals to locate safe crossings at intersections.  Audible Locator beacons  help target poles with APS buttons and cross walks. Tactile  strips identify curbs and ramps to help cross safely.”

To find out more about APS: go to westchestersafestreets.org/

 

To find out more about the Westchester Council of the blind, go to:

www.wcbny.org/