October 24, 2012

2012 White Cane Walk a Success

All Photos courtesy of Dan Nakamura, WBRC CNVR Therapist

Photo: Participants cross an intersection along the Downtown Palo Alto route.
WBRC celebrated White Cane Awareness Month by hosting a walk in Palo Alto, CA this morning.  Walkers included Veterans, WBRC Staff, BVA representatives, Lions Club Volunteers, VISTA Center Staff, and Bookshare Staff.  The walkers were lead by Grand Marshal Felipe Flores, an important leader of the BVA Northern California Chapter. 
Photo: WBRC's Brian Higgins addresses the crowd in front of City Hall.
The walk started and ended in front of Palo Alto City Hall and encompassed several streets in downtown Palo Alto including sections of Hamilton Ave, Ramona, Emerson, University, and Bryant Street.  The walkers all wore specially printed T-Shirts and used their long canes, guide dogs, wheelchairs, walkers, and human guides to complete the route chanting and spreading awareness of the White Cane Law.   

Photo: Grand Marshal, Felipe Flores, Addresses the crowd.
The California White Cane Law requires every driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection or crosswalk to Yield the Right of Way to a pedestrian crossing in the roadway when they are accompanied by a Dog Guide or using a long cane which is white, or white with a red tip.

Photo: Palo Alto Mayor, Mr. Yiaway Yeh, addresses the crowd.
Upon returning to Palo Alto City Hall participants assembled for a closing ceremony which included a reading of the White Cane Awareness Day Proclamation from the Palo Alto Mayor's Office; speeches from the Palo Alto Mayor, Mr. Yaiway Yeh, and the Grand Marshal, Mr. Felipe Flores; presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to the Palo Alto Host Lions Club, Bookshare, the VISTA Center, the BVA, and to the Palo Alto Mayor; as well as a group picture with all of the participants.

Photo: Participants assembled for the closing ceremony.
This is the 6th year that WBRC has organized the White Cane Awareness Walk.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this event.  Below is a list of links to participating agencies:

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