Sto­ry­telling tour around the city

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

CITY of Fre­man­tle res­i­dents who are blind and vi­sion im­paired are in­vited to take part in a tour with a dif­fer­ence as part of In­ter­na­tional White Cane Day.

Run in part­ner­ship with Vi­sion Aus­tralia and the City of Fre­man­tle, the tour in­cludes a guided walk of the City, with an em­pha­sis on his­toric sto­ries rather than vis­ual el­e­ments.

Led by Fre­man­tle Tours, the two-hour walk­ing tour on Oc­to­ber 15 will visit sites in­clud­ing Fre­man­tle Prison and the Round­house, along with a few cafes and bars.

Vi­sion Aus­tralia Perth re­gional busi­ness man­ager Donna Fahie said the white cane was a sym­bol of in­de­pen­dence for many from the blind and low vi­sion com­mu­nity.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to use a day like In­ter­na­tional White Cane Day to re­mind the com­mu­nity the im­por­tant part the white cane has played in sup­port­ing their users to be ac­tive and in­de­pen­dent, whether it’s at home or fur­ther abroad,” she said.

Com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Kay Ray­mond said for the City of Fre­man­tle it was an op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate and con­nect res­i­dents, with ad­di­tional ser­vices avail­able to them.

“We are al­ways look­ing for ways to en­gage with com­mu­nity ser­vice providers and find out what is avail­able to help our res­i­dents,” she said.

“In­ter­na­tional White Cane Day is a day worth cel­e­brat­ing and we are pleased to be able to work with Vi­sion Aus­tralia to ed­u­cate staff and res­i­dents on the range of prod­ucts and ser­vices avail­able to those who are blind or have low vi­sion.”

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