Thiruvananthapuram: The National Association for the Blind (NAB), in association with Amway India, observed the International White Cane day, with Amway presenting 10 Tandem bicycles to visually impaired students of NAB.
A rally was also taken out. Tandem bicycle ride is an engaging and social sport wherein, the Pilot (sighted rider) sits in the front and navigates for his visually impaired companion on the back seat.
The celebrations were inaugurated by Sophia M Joe, a 22-year-old girl from Kochi, who is differently abled and has excelled in multiple fields of sports, fashion, modelling and arts. She along with the other people from NAB rode the Tandem bicycles partnering with visually impaired students of NAB, for a short distance rally to mark the significance of the day.
“The ability to travel safely and independently is a critical issue for any person with disability. The bicycles presented to these students at NAB is a perfect option for visually impaired or a person with low vision to travel along with their sighted friends and family. This will not just help in increasing their self-confidence and independence but also oversee our disabilities and compete with the world and face our challenges confidently at the same time, create an enjoyable experience,” Sophie Said.
Josey Joseph, Honorary General Secretary & General Executive Officer, National Association for the Blind said, “It is the dream of every visually impaired to ride a bicycle on the road at par with sighted people. But they are not able to fulfill their dreams. This initiative will help them realize their dream and also give them confidence and the feeling of being in an inclusive society.”