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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Saugeen Shores Resident Marking White Cane Week

Saugeen Shores | by Bayshore News Staff  

Libby Thaw has low vision and is raising awareness of the different degrees of blindness.

The first week in February marks White Cane Week in Canada.

Libby Thaw of Saugeen Shores is "doing fine", living with low vision and is raising awareness through song and has a booth located at Blackboard Sound, this Wednesday and Thursday from 3-7 p.m.

Thaw says this week is designed to let people know what kind of help people with low vision may need and there is a large spectrum of eye disorders from "totally blind and the threshold of legal blindness, there's a huge range".

She says if all you know about somebody is that they have some kind of degree of blindness "you really don't know much" and implores Canadians to learn more about the spectrum of blindness.

In 2017, the eyesight activist wrote and sung the song "Doing Fine" to help promote more awareness during White Cane Week in Canada.

Thaw who wears a checkered eye pin says it lets people know you have some degree of blindness and "it's not necessarily something that's meant the elicit assistance."

"Only approach them if you were going to be approaching them anyway…. It just lets you know what kind of help they may need, it lets them know you have some degree of blindness."

Through her experience she says people are generally happy to help if they understand one might require assitance and the pin increases sensitivity.


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