SC State to host the 5th Annual “White Cane Day”

Friday, October 17, 2008


SC State will host the “White Cane Day” on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Kirkland W. Green Student Center on campus. This year’s conference theme is “Diverse Approaches to Providing Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

The purpose of “White Cane Day” is to continue to promote awareness about the lives of the blind and visually impaired and the need for quality services to enhance their lives and their community.

The white cane remains one of the most important and reliable tools for people who are blind or visually impaired, as it increases the mobility of these citizens, facilitating their inclusion in all aspects of American life.

“White Cane Day” 2008 is certainly a milestone,” said Shirley Madison. “We thrive each year for greater excellence and a commitment to promoting awareness in the community of the services available to individuals who are blind and visually impaired,” she said.

The speaker for this year’s conference is Freddie L. Peaco.

Peaco began her federal service career at the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in Aug. 1967.

Peaco represents the Library of Congress at conferences and meetings. She also delivers speeches for various occasions, conducts workshops and staffs national exhibits. She coordinates and conducts tours briefings for visitors to NLS. She is involved in numerous special projects and committees at NLS including: participating in the major undertaking to convert the NLS audio book collection to a digital format.

She has held several positions at NLS and is currently the government information/volunteer specialist at the Library of Congress in the Reference Section.

In addition to providing specialized reference services, she coordinates the production of two publications and produces reference publications as assigned. Also she serves as liaison with other federal agencies to identify and encourage the production of their documents in accessible formats.

Peaco is a native of North Carolina. She attended Howard University in Washington, DC, and received a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology and Psychology. She also earned a master of science degree in Public Relations and Journalism from American University in Washington, DC.

She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two granddaughters. She also enjoys giving her time volunteering. She currently volunteers for a senior citizen facility and several organizations for the blind.

The reservation fee for “White Cane Day” is $25.

For more information about the “White Cane Day” 2008 Conference, please contact Shirley Madison, director of the Blind Rehabilitation Program at SC State at (803)533-3956.