To mark World Sight Day on Thursday 10th October, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blin is seeking more people who are vision impaired in the Louth region to consider training with a Guide Dog or access its Orientation and Mobility (Long Cane) Training programme.
“There are many vision impaired people in Ireland today who are completely dependent on their relatives or friends for getting out and about. Because they have not had access to training and support with their mobility they rarely leave home alone,” said Padraig Mallon, CEO of Irish Guide Dogs. “This can be very isolating and lonely. We want to get the message out there that we can provide support to them and getting access to independent living skills, long cane training or a Guide Dog is a positive doable experience that can be the difference between existing and really living your life.”
Currently 172 people have a Guide Dog in Ireland with an average of 40 Guide Dog Partnerships created each year. There are 6 people with a Guide Dog in Louth.
“People think a Long Cane or a Guide Dog may not be for them. They may fear the responsibility might outweigh any potential advantages,” continued Mallon. “In our almost 40 years of experience however we have found universally positive response to having a Guide Dog, particularly from people who didn’t consider themselves ‘dog’ people or who simply thought it wasn’t for them.”
Call the LoCall number 1850 506300 for more information.