Mayor Walks Blindfolded to Raise Awareness
Posted at: 10/15/2013 4:32 PM
| Updated at: 10/15/2013 10:43 PM
He had a few moments to prepare with the blindfold, and walked down the hallway once with a cane. And then he went outside with the blindfold, and walked several city blocks with the help of a human guide.
Then, he walked back with just the help of a cane.
"It was quite the experience, and I'm grateful for the opportunity. It's broadened my perspective of what challenges the visually impaired deal with," Don Ness told a crowd of supporters afterwards at the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss. He added, "I've learned we need to do better sidewalk maintenance," which drew a laugh.
This demonstration was part of National White Cane Day, which is aimed at improving safety for the visually impaired as they walk in crosswalks, and also at celebrating independence.
Brian Solseth knows all too well about the importance of safety. He has been hit by cars multiple times.
"I wish people would pay more attention in the crosswalks. I can't walk that quickly through them."
The center helps train people with vision loss to live safe and vibrant lives. It's been around for nearly 100 years.
We got to see some of the things they train on, including computer technology and cooking.