New logo for AIDB

The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind unveiled its new logo Monday during its back-to-school convocation.

TALLADEGA -- The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind will be sponsoring two special events this weekend, according to a press release.

Saturday, the inaugural “Cane Quest” competition will be at the Helen Keller School from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Cane Quest is a national orientation and mobility (O&M) program of the Braille Institute of America … involving third- through sixth-graders from across Alabama who use canes in a competition to show off their O&M skills,” the release says. “The competitors will complete a course of travel challenges using sensory information, white canes and their O&M skills. At each challenge station, they will earn coins they can exchange for prizes at the Cane Quest prize store.”

The release goes on to explain that O&M skills are essential for blind and visually impaired people to achieve independence.

Contestants will be monitored by trained volunteers at all times.

On Sunday, the local Harley-Davidson Owners Group (HOG) will be meeting at Cheaha Harley-Davidson and riding to the AIDB campus in Talladega with a police escort as part of a toy drive. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., and the ride starts at 1 p.m.

To donate a toy, bring it to Mt. Cheaha Harley-Davidson today or Saturday. The business is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.