Saint Paul, MN
– The City of Saint Paul
received the First Annual White Cane Award today from the American Council of
the Blind of Minnesota (ACBM). The award recognizes the city’s efforts to
enhance safe travel of the blind, deaf/blind and visually impaired pedestrians.
Deputy Mayor, Ann Mulholland and Public Works Director, Rich Lallier received
the award on behalf of the city.
“It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of Saint Paul. We will
continue make our City more walkable for people with visual impairments,
ensuring a quality of life for all residents,” Deputy Mayor Ann Mulholland
To date, Saint Paul
has installed 14 Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS). The signals have tactile arrows which when
pressed, speak the street name and verbalize different commands for the
pedestrian depending on the status of the signal. The signals emit a beeping
sound to inform the person where an APS is located.
“We are honored that ACBM has recognized our city’s efforts
and selected us for their first ever White Cane Award, stated Rich Lallier,
Public Works Director. “We will continue
to add more Accessible Pedestrian Signals into the future.”
“I don’t know what I’d do without the APS,” says Janet
Dickelman, president of ACBM. “I live in
St. Paul so I’m
thrilled that our organization can let the city know how appreciative we are
for their attention to the safety of pedestrians like myself!”
Inspired by National White Cane Day, the award is the first
in what will become an annual event, recognizing public agencies and businesses
for their work in enhancing the lives of those blind, deaf/blind, or visually
ACBM is a non-profit membership organization of persons who
are blind, deaf/blind, or visually impaired, which promotes equal access, equal
opportunity, full participation and independent living and economic
self-sufficiency for its members. ACBM is an affiliate of its parent
organization, the American Council of the Blind, a national non-profit.