National Disability Employment Awareness Month
White Cain Walk on Main & Disability Walk Experience
Beaumont Area Council of the Blind and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services will be sponsoring the White Cain Walk on Main & Disability Walk Experience on Monday, Oct. 15.
“We will be observing White Cain Safety Day for the blind and visually impaired,” said Kenneth Semien Sr., president of the BACB. “That day has been acknowledged since 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and also the walk applies to Blind Americans Equality Day (on) Oct. 15, as proclaimed by President Barrack Obama in 2011.”
The White Cain Walk on Main & Disability Walk Experience has three purposes, according to DARS — to inspire individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential, broaden awareness of available community services and promote diversity and inclusion, and to connect with agencies, organizations and caring citizens that provide services to individuals with disabilities.
The walk will bring together individuals who are blind or visually impaired and those who are not blind for a unique experience, Semien said.
“The blind and visually impaired will be walking. But also, people may volunteer to wear a blindfold and participate in the Take a Walk in our Shoes blindness experience,” he said. “We have also expanded the event to include individuals with other disabilities as well, being that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”
Participants will meet at 9:15 a.m. at 701 Main St. between the Civic Center and City Hall in downtown Beaumont. The hour-long walk will begin at the meeting location, stop at AT&T and double back to the Civic Center starting point. The event is free and open to the public.
After the walk, event-goers are encouraged to meet at Golden Corral at 2190 Interstate 10 S. in Beaumont for the White Cane and Disability Awareness Luncheon.” Each individual will be expected to plan transportation to and from the luncheon and will also be responsible for his or her own meal.
“We will enjoy interacting with those we are familiar with and become more acquainted with others that we have just met,” Semien said.
Disability Education and Employment Conference
The Disability Education and Employment Conference will be held Oct. 16 at the Beaumont Civic Center from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The conference will emphasize National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Texas initiated Disability History Month, White Cane Safety Day for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Blind Americans Equality Day.
“On Tuesday, we’re having workshops in the meeting rooms of the Civic Center,” Semien said. “They focus on the areas of education, employment, healthcare, housing, technology and transportation.”
Semien said that there would be a Disability Power Team available to provide information to attendees, panels that are experts in particular areas.
“Every organization that is serving people in our area with disabilities will have exhibits and will offer information about discounts and benefits people can receive,” he said. “People with disabilities may not even know about the programs in the area that they can take advantage of.”
Exhibitors and vendors will be given the opportunity to reserve information booths for $15. For more information about the White Cain Walk on Main & Disability Walk Experience or the Disability Education and Employment Conference, contact Kenneth Semien Sr. at (409) 866-5838.