Marion County Residents Walk Blindfolded for White Cane Day
OCALA- Some Marion County residents learned just how challenging a simple walk around the park can be for the visually impaired.
On Saturday, dozens participated in the White Cane Walk at Tuscawilla Park. Visitors put on blindfolds, grabbed canes, and a guide to help them make the walk.
Organizers also raised awareness for the White Cane Traffic Law, which requires drivers to give the visually impaired the right of way when they're crossing a street.
Visually impaired Marion County resident Jack Cunningham says,"Even though they have the green light they have to stop for someone who's blind and if you step off the curb and the person is coming very rapidly and in a hurry and goes around the corner then they could strike you and so you have to be very much aware of that."
Officials from Florida's Center for the Blind say there are about 19 thousand people living with a visual impairment in the North Central Florida counties they serve and a majority of them come from Marion County, which is why they decided to hold the walk there.
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