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.  The Center serves 29 counties throughout southeast Coastal Georgia and provides services for more than 475 people each year…and those numbers continue to rise.

Service Areas

We provide service in 29 counties of Southeast Georgia. Depending on individual needs, services are offered either in the home or center-based.

The Center is located at 1141 Cornell Avenue in Savannah, GA. Our facility offers a home-based approach and allows students to interact with an environment that more closely resembles their every-day living experiences.

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White Cane Safety Day

.White Cane Safety Day celebrates the achievements of blind or visually impaired people. It is observed around the world on October 15th.

A white cane is an important mobility tool for such people as well as the symbol of their independence. In the United States, White Cane Safety Day is a national observance, first celebrated in 1964 after the proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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 as it ensures their ability to come and go on their own. In 2011, President Barack Obama also referred to National White Cane Safety Day as Blind Americans Equality Day.

Dining in The Dark

Save The Date!

Thursday, January 11th, 2024 at The Enmarket Arena in 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.

Community Partners

Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision is proud to work with, and have the support of, several organizations. We depend on these working relationships and partnerships, which ensure continuous and smooth agency operation.