SA Guide Dogs Association

SA GUIDE DOGS ASSOCIATION

VISIT TO MAKABONGWE

THURSDAY 23rd MARCH 2017

 

We were very privileged to have a visit from and welcomed Di, Sandra and their dogs Dougal and Hannah to our school.

 

The South African Guide-Dogs Association was founded in 1953 by Mrs. Gladys Evans and her Guide Dog, Sheena.
A blind lady of great courage and determination, Gladys trained with Sheena in Leamington Spa, UK, and on her return toSouth Africa founded the first training centre in Parkview, Johannesburg.
From those early days, the organisation has grown from strength to strength
People from all walks of life, culture, race and religions are assisted
· Guide Dogs for people who are visually impaired
· Service Dogs for people who are physically disabled
· Autism Support Dogs for autistic children
· College of Orientation and Mobility trains practitioners and provides direct training to people who are visually impaired.

Can you imagine life without sight – cup your hands over your eyes right now – what do you see? Nothing or black was the answer from my children.

Now imagine your life without hearing. Put your hands firmly over your ears – what can you hear? Nothing was the answer again from my children.

 

Sandra – our special visitor – is blind and hearing impaired so she has a double challenge to face every day.

We were amazed to learn all the things Sandra CAN do as opposed to a list of what they cannot do.

We also learnt just how clever the guide dogs are becoming the eyes and ears, in some instances, for their owners.

 

No wonder such a love relationship grows between owner and guide dog.

 

We were delighted to handover a small donation towards the excellent work that SA Guide Dogs does.

Sandra Reading Braille
Hannah Enjoying a tickle and gentle stroke from one of the Grade R learners.
Hannah was so relaxed but still the children were quite nervous to touch her.
Dougal’s owner, Do Turner, showing the learners how to stroke her dog.
Miss Dladla encouraging a grade 00 learner to pet Dougal.
Di had the attention of most of the Makabongwe learners.
We listen with our ears but blind people see with their ears.
The children were amazed that blind people can read.

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