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Two local businesses received an award Wednesday for employing people with disabilities.

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October is National Blindness Awareness Month. But, Florida officials are also recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Florida Division of Blind Services year round. During a recent ceremony celebrating blind and visually impaired Floridians, the organization also marked the importance of the state’s White Cane Law.


A Florida State University program is one of several recognized for its continued advancement of independence for blind and visually impaired Floridians.

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It’s Disability Employment Awareness Month, and a Bay County business is one of ten recognized across the state for hiring people with disabilities.

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In Florida, blind children 6-to-13 years old are not eligible for state assistance. It’s a coverage gap that’s been in place for years. A Tallahassee girl is trying to close the loophole by lobbying state lawmakers.