You are invited to a ground-breaking ceremony today, June 25th at 10 a.m. The Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment (AVRE) is breaking ground on a new project that will let people who are blind or visually impaired the chance to learn how to use a white cane in a safe, specially designed area.

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More on the groundbreaking ceremony in a moment. So what is AVRE all about? They are a private, non-profit organization that serves people who are blind or visually impaired. It's for people of all ages from school kids to seniors.

They offer a range of learning, living, and working options for people experiencing vision loss. That's why this new facility is so important.

The ceremony will be at the Orientation and Mobility Training area at AVRE's 174 Court Street facility, located at the corner of Court and Jay Street. The training area will have various surfaces and obstacles that mimic city streets, intersections, and suburban neighborhoods.

The training area will also include a sensory garden and benches for visitors and employees to enjoy. The new training area is made possible through grants as well as numerous private donations

The community is invited and social distancing and mask-wearing recommendations will be applied. For more information about AVRE's Orientation and Mobility Training Area, contact Teri Chamberlin at (607) 724-2428.

You can find out more about AVRE here.

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