It was an eye-opening start to the week for some Mohawk Valley Community College students.

The campus hosted a "White Cane Day" event on Monday.

The goal was to show the struggles a blind or visually impaired person faces each day.

There were demonstrations of adaptive equipment, and a certified "Orientation of Mobility" instructor was on hand.

Organizers hoped the event helps dispel some common myths.

"We go shopping. We raise children. We work. A blind person is just as good or just as bad as anyone else. We're individuals, but we just happen to not be able to see," said Utica Council of the Blind President Maria Gage.

The event was put on by the Mohawk Valley Community College Office of Accessibility Resources, Utica Council of the Blind, and Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.