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For Immediate Release -

 

Governor Malloy:

October 15th is Blind Americans Equality Day in Connecticut

 

Governor Dannel Malloy has officially declared Saturday, October 15th, 2016, to be “Blind Americans Equality Day”.  Beginning in 1964, October 15th has been recognized as White Cane Safety Day, a day to increase society’s awareness of the challenges of blindness.  In recent years, the day has become known as “Blind Americans Equality Day”.  “We as a state are committed to the independence and equality of our many friends and neighbors who are blind,” Governor Malloy said.  “We urge all Connecticut residents to renew their commitment to full opportunity and inclusion for people with blindness”

 

“I join the Governor in celebrating the achievements of the many thousands of Connecticut’s citizens with blindness,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said today.  “Their success serves as a testament to their energy and their ambition to overcome obstacles and adversity,” added the Lt. Governor.

The proclamation reads, in part, “Connecticut’s citizens who are blind or visually impaired contribute much to our state,” and points out that “Connecticut law further encourages employers, in both the public and private sectors, to explore and utilize the skills and potential of Connecticut’s citizens who are blind, to recognize their capabilities and to respect their worth as individuals.”

 

“In addition to employers, I encourage all of Connecticut’s people to renew their commitment to full opportunity and inclusion for people with blindness,” Malloy said.  “And consistent with the purpose of the original White Cane Safety Day, I remind all citizens to redouble their awareness of and attention to the safety of people with blindness travelling on our sidewalks and streets every day,” the Governor added.

 

“I want to congratulate Governor Malloy for his ongoing recognition of the challenges faced by people with blindness,” said Amy Porter, Commissioner of the Department of Rehabilitation Services which houses the Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind.  “I also want to commend his resolve to help all people, including people who are blind, achieve independence and success,” she added.

 

Contact:

Andrew Norton

Legislative Liaison

Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

(860) 602-4078

                                                       

 

State of Connecticut

 

By His Excellency Dannel P. Malloy, Governor:

An Official Statement

 

WHEREAS, Connecticut’s citizens who are blind or visually impaired contribute much to our state; and

 

WHEREAS, white canes and guide dogs have come to symbolize equal rights and equal access for persons with blindness; and

 

WHEREAS, they are also reminders of the many achievements and tremendous potential of persons who are blind and of their willingness to live independently and compete in the marketplace; and

 

WHEREAS, Connecticut state law secures the right of persons with blindness to carry and use a white cane or be accompanied by a guide dog along our streets and thoroughfares, in residential settings, on public transportation, in public accommodations and in the workplace; and

 

WHEREAS, our law also requires that motorists exercise appropriate caution when approaching someone using a white cane or guide dog; and

 

WHEREAS, October 15th has been known as White Cane Safety Day across the United States since it was declared by Congress and the President in 1964; and

 

WHEREAS, the State of Connecticut encourages all its citizens to join in the effort to keep our streets and roadways safe for all pedestrians who are blind; and

 

WHEREAS, Connecticut law further encourages employers, in both the public and private sector, to explore and utilize the skills and potential of Connecticut’s citizens who are blind, to recognize their capabilities and to respect their worth as individuals; now

 

THEREFORE, to celebrate and honor the past achievements and future potential of all of Connecticut’s citizens with blindness, I, Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of the State of Connecticut, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2016 as

 

 

Blind americans Equality day

in the State of Connecticut.

 

Signed: Dannel P. Malloy

Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 











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