Blindness Awareness Month Fact of the Day (October 9)

Guide dogs are BRILLIANT and very amazing animals that can greatly enhance an individual with a visual impairment’s sense of confidence, independence, freedom, and lifestyle. They CAN memorize a route to a specific place, even many places. They can be trained to recognize certain objects such as trash cans, buses, your apartment, your classrooms, etc. They CANNOT however just tell the dog to take you to a place you haven’t worked on with the dog or been many times and expect them to know how to get there, nor can you expect the guide dog to read traffic signals, stop at stop signs, etc. You have to know where the stop signs are, listen to the traffic, train the dog to go to that certain location, etc. Guide dogs are brilliant but a guide dog/handler partnership is just that a PARTNERSHIP and it takes both of the dog and the handler concentrating and working together to make an effective tool. You know what they say.. it takes two to tango! 🙂

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

4 thoughts on “Blindness Awareness Month Fact of the Day (October 9)”

  1. I well recall a rather intoxicated man asking me whether my guide dog could read bus numbers. When another person at the bus stop told him not to be stupid he responded that he thought the dog could, perhaps tell which bus it was by smell! I’m not joking!

  2. interested in knowing more about how you teach makiko how to get to a new place! is a post about that still coming or did i miss it?

    also, how easy is it to get lost? you know me (and the fact that my parents got me a gps so i don’t get lost), so i’m just curious… i hope this isn’t an offensive question… apologies if it is.

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