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AUS student volunteers participate in International White Cane Day
Fourteen student volunteers from the Community Services Division at American University of Sharjah (AUS) took part in a march to celebrate International White Cane Day. The event aimed to create awareness and draw global attention to blindness and vision impairment. The students’ participation was a gesture of support towards the visually impaired community along with their continued efforts in translating and creating audio recordings of books and in assisting the visually impaired in various tasks and initiatives.
Ahmed Ibrahim, a volunteer and a mechanical engineering student, said:
"Being involved in helping the visually impaired is a great experience in which we have recorded and rewritten books and created learning materials for their academic needs. We shared many unforgettable moments with them during the White Cane Campaign.”
“Our students’ interests and passion have expanded throughout the years, giving rise to new student volunteer groups focused on specific voluntary interests. It is heartwarming to see that we have volunteer groups at AUS who are able to cater to various sectors of the community and extend their help to those who need them the most. Through voluntary work, we are able to provide our students with unique first-hand experiences that are meaningful and self-fulfilling at the same time,” said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Dean of Students.
The White Cane campaign was hosted by the Emirates Association for the Visually Impaired at Al-Buhaira Corniche, Sharjah, on October 13.