Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision offers programs and services that promote independence and dignity for people who are vision impaired or blind, their family, friends and the community.
On October 15, White Cane Safety Day is observed around the world. In the United States, it is a national observance, which was first celebrated in 1964, after the proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson. White Cane Safety Day celebrates the achievements of blind or visually impaired people. A white cane is an important mobility tool for such people as well as the symbol of their independence.Canes have been used by blind people for centuries, but the white cane was introduced in the early 20th century. Canes were painted white to be more easily visible. In 1931, Guilly d’Herbemont, who is considered to have invented the white cane, gave the first two canes to blind people. In the United States, white canes were introduced and promoted by Lion Clubs International.There are different types of the white cane such as long cane (also known as Hoover cane), guide cane, identification cane (symbol cane), support cane, and kiddie cane. Not all of them are used as a mobility device. For instance, the ID cane alerts others as to its bearer’s visual impairment but is of no help as a mobility tool.The white cane is one of the symbols of a blind person’s independence at it ensures their ability to come and go on their own. In 2011, President Barak Obama also referred to White Cane Safety Day as Blind Americans Equality Day.
Join us for the 4th Annual Savannah Vision Conference
Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision will host the 4th Annual Savannah Vision Conference on Saturday, October 20th at Memorial University Medical Center Education Auditorium from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per person (Includes: Friday night cocktail/Savannah Ghost Tour; Saturday- Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and 8 accreditation hours).
Please RSVP for Friday night cocktail/Savannah Ghost Tour.
We are excited to announce the return of Dining in The Dark, an exceptional event giving guests an intimate understanding of vision loss.
On Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at Embassy Suites Downtown Savannah, GA, take part in a unique gala dinner designed to raise awareness about vision loss. Experience a sumptuous four-course meal served in complete darkness by Savannah Metro’s SWAT team using their night-vision technology.
What happens in the dark?
Dining in The Dark is a rare and unique sensory experience that you will never forget. Guests enter the Embassy Suite’s beautiful dining area in two phases. First, a blackout chamber allows your eyes to adjust to complete darkness. After five minutes, you will be escorted to your table by your SWAT guide. Once at your table, your senses will begin their journey that will take you to a whole new heightened appreciation of smell, taste, sound, and touch.
I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God made world, not a manmade world.
Our low vision clinic provides assessments, recommendations and training so that you can use your remaining vision most effectively. While we can make no promises, over ninety percent of people going through the clinic are able to improve the functional use of their vision.
We believe that the skillful use of computers and other technologies is essential in personal, professional and educational activities, opening opportunities for learning, employment and leisure.