BATON ROUGE (NBC33) —
The Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired hosted its second annual white cane day downtown.
The Shaw Center Plaza was decked out in orange today for the event as dozens of visually impaired high school students explored the area with their white canes.
The safety day gave these teens the chance learn how to navigate downtown's busy streets safely and interact with the general public.
Lynn Gautreaux, Outreach Director LSVI said,"We want to go up to them and talk to them and set them at ease and try and coerce them into using the white cane because it does a whole lot for them to start learning what is involved in the cane how to use it what the detail and skills are with that."
The general public had the opportunity to walk in their shoes with special blindfold glasses.
The school hopes this first-hand experience will make drivers and pedestrians more careful when they come across people using white canes in real life.