See what it’s like not to see

ALACHUA – What are seemingly simple tasks for people with healthy vision are much more complex for the visually impaired.  How do the blind count change, pour a glass of water or cross the street?  The Alachua County Council for the Blind (ACCB) intends to answer those questions and more, as the sighted experience what it’s like to be visually impaired this coming Saturday.

The ACCB will be conducting its 12th Annual White Cane Walk in Alachua on Oct. 8 at 10 a.m., and the public is invited to participate in the exciting and educational event.  The walk is held annually to raise awareness about Florida's White Cane Law.

Participants will begin the walk at the former Alachua City Hall located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 441 and County Road 241/NW140th St and finish about two blocks away at the Alachua Lions.  The walk will last about 20 minutes.  Lunch will be provided for participants who will also have an opportunity to try their hand at routine tasks performed by blind and visually impaired people.

Event organizers say it will conclude by noon.

School service clubs and other civic minded groups are encouraged to participate.  For additional details, contact the ACCB at 352-338-7951.