The role and importance of assistance dogs
A Talk by John Welsman, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
6.30pm Tuesday 11th March at The Gallery
The Society's mission extends well beyond a simple interpretation of its name and tonight's talk describes a classically important and vital aid to navigation beyond the field of fixed signing.
Dogs play a valuable role in supporting many disabled people with tasks in their daily lives. For a blind person, a guide dog is a valuable companion who assists their owner in getting around safely. An assistance dog can support its owner in carrying out many day to day physical activities which their disability limits them from achieving independently.
Much of the support that both guide and assistance dogs provides is in supporting their owner to access shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, leisure facilities, health services, public transport and many other daily activities common to all members of society.