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#DoGoodSisterhood #ServiceForSight #DeltaGammaFoundation #LoveYourEyes #WSD2023 #WorldSightDay #WhiteCaneDay
October 9: World Sight Awareness Week Kickoff
In coordination with World Sight Day and White Cane Day, the Delta Gamma Foundation celebrates October 9-15, 2023 as World Sight Awareness week. Join us this week as we highlight our philanthropy, Service for Sight, raise awareness around sight preservation and share ways you can advocate for people living with blindness or low vision.
October 10: Prevent Blindness Fact vs. Fiction
It’s important to separate fact from fiction, especially when the topic is eyesight. Delta Gamma’s philanthropy, Service for Sight, works to educate others about the steps we can take to preserve vision. Using this information from Prevent Blindness can help you debunk some common eye myths. Swipe through to test your knowledge! Visit preventblindness.org/common-eye-myths to find out more.
October 11: Delta Gamma Schools for Children with Visual Impairments
The Delta Gamma Foundation proudly supports the five Delta Gamma Schools for Children with Visual Impairments founded by Delta Gammas and supported by members through service and fundraising. Last year, the Foundation awarded a $28,000 Service for Sight grant to each of the schools.
✨ Blind Children’s Center in Los Angeles, CA
✨ Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix, AZ
✨ Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver, CO
✨ Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired in Kansas City, MO
✨ Center for Children with Visual Impairments in St. Louis, MO
October 12: Guide Dog Education
Guide dogs are a vital tool for many people in the blind and visually impaired community. Working with a guide dog can provide confidence and independence for people who would otherwise rely on others to live their daily lives. 🦮
Check out these tips from Guide Dogs for the Blind to learn how to interact with guide dogs and their handlers and learn more at bit.ly/GuideDogTips.
October 13: World Sight Day
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Today is World Sight Day 🌎👓✨
This World Sight Day, find out what you need to do to prevent sight loss, and to protect, preserve and prioritize vision. #LoveYourEyes is all about being aware of your own eye health and if you are able to, get a sight test or recommend others do the same.
Join the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and pledge to get you eyes checked today! https://iapb.nationbuilder.com/make_a_pledge
October 14: Eclipse Education: Eye safety when viewing an Eclipse
On October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central and South America and will be visible to millions of people in the Western Hemisphere. It is never safe to look at a partial solar eclipse without proper safety equipment or techniques.
Exposing your eyes to the sun without proper eye protection during a solar eclipse can cause “eclipse blindness” or retinal burns, also known as solar retinopathy. This damage can be temporary or permanent and occurs with no pain. It can take a few hours to a few days after viewing the solar eclipse to realize the damage that has occurred.
The Prevent Blindness website shares tips on how to view a solar eclipse correctly: https://preventblindness.org/solar-eclipse-and-your-eyes/
October 15: White Cane Awareness Day
For people who are living with blindness, the white cane is an essential tool that gives the ability to achieve a full and independent life. It allows people to move freely and safely from place to place — whether it’s at work, at school, or around our neighborhoods. White Cane Awareness Day is a way to emphasize the critical role that the tool plays. When you see someone using a white cane, remember that the cane is their tool to navigate the environment safely and independently. There’s no need to shout warnings or try to physically steer them. If they need any help or direction, they will ask! If you are driving or cycling and see someone using a white cane, you must follow the law and stop to give that person the right of way.
Learn more about how white canes work and White Cane Awareness Day at https://nfb.org/programs-services/blind-equality-achievement-month/white-cane-awareness-day.
Additional posts to use throughout World Sight Awareness Week and the month of October (Vision Awareness Month):
These posts are set up for Twitter but can easily be adapted for other social media platforms — feel free to get creative!