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Council participates in sighted guide training

Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017

Cobourg, ON – May 17, 2017 – On the heels of a proclamation declaring May 28th to June 3rd National Access Awareness Week in Northumberland, members of County Council participated today in Sighted Guide training offered by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).

“The County’s Mission is to be a best practices leader in all that we do, and this training is one more way that we can achieve excellence in our commitment to accessibility,” stated Warden Mark Walas. “As public servants, it is incredibly important that we act on opportunities to learn how to best serve community members of all abilities, in everything from the policies we develop right down to the physical help we may be called upon to provide in a given circumstance. I know that my fellow participants today agree that this was a very valuable experience.”

Sighted Guide training focuses on movements where a sighted  person and a visually impaired person can walk together safely and comfortably through a variety of environments. Council members joined members of the Northumberland Accessibility Advisory Committee and County staff members to learn techniques for leading people through doors, helping people to be seated, safety techniques and other useful tips. 

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