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2003-03: Checkered Eye

WHEREAS some visually impaired individuals do not need the safety or mobility functions of a white cane, yet want a symbolic representation of their vision difficulties,

WHEREAS there is an existing symbolic representation of the fact that an individual is visually impaired: the ID cane,

WHEREAS some visually impaired individuals are unable to hold an ID cane because of other physical conditions,

WHEREAS some visually impaired individuals prefer the convenience of wearing a symbolic representation of their vision problems, rather than carrying it,

WHEREAS there are visually impaired people using the Checkered Eye symbol in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia,

WHEREAS the effectiveness of a new symbol is greatly improved by increasing public awareness,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NFB:AE become involved in increasing awareness of the Checkered Eye symbol and its meaning, by means of existing publications, press releases, word of mouth, and every other means available to them, without undue expense.

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