Governor Lamont & Lt. Governor Bysiewicz Recognize Contributions of Blind Americans in Connecticut
(HARTFORD, CT) – Today, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Department of Aging and Disability Services Commissioner Amy Porter presented an official proclamation on behalf of Governor Ned Lamont recognizing October 15 as Blind Americans Equality Day in the State of Connecticut and as a day to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Americans who are blind or visually impaired.
“Connecticut’s blind and visually impaired residents enrich our communities and prove the worth of every person," said Governor Lamont. “The contributions of these hardworking individuals have helped to create a more inclusive society and removed significant barriers in education, employment and community involvement. In Connecticut, we take great pride in these successes and will continue to build on them.”
“Blind Americans are part of every facet of our communities – they are teachers, they are lawyers, they are artists, they serve in media, in healthcare – they contribute to workplaces of all types throughout our great state and country,” Lt. Governor Bysiewicz said. “Governor Lamont and I are dedicated to working to sustain and increase opportunities for the blind and visually impaired, so that they have the resources and services they need to live independently and enjoy the dignity and respect that all citizens deserve.”
“I am honored to join Lieutenant Governor Bysiewicz in recognition of Blind Americans Equality Day,” said Commissioner Porter. “This celebration highlights the accomplishments of individuals who are blind, consistent with our mission of maximizing opportunities for the independence and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in Connecticut.”
There are currently are over 9,000 individuals on the Board of Education and Services for the Blind’s (BESB) confidential registry of people who are blind in Connecticut. BESB provides comprehensive low vision services, specialized education services, life skills training, case management, and vocational services to individuals of all ages who are legally blind and to children who are visually impaired. For more information visit the BESB website.
By joint resolution approved on October 6, 1964 (Public Law 88-628, as amended), Congress designated October 15 of each year as "White Cane Safety Day" to recognize the contributions of Americans who are blind or have low vision. President Barack Obama embraced the spirit of the law by proclaiming October 15 “Blind Americans Equality Day,” as some visually impaired individuals rely on guide dogs and other methods for navigation.