Austin the adorable Labrador ‘has a very special job to do’ said Katherine who is partially blind Austin makes sure I don’t knock into things and makes sure I’m safe. Austin is a ‘trained guide dog’ and had to go to dog school for training explained Katherine. We also had a look at Katherine’s cane which also helps her get around ‘but it’s certainly not as helpful as Austin who really does do a great job’. Katherine demonstrated when the harness is put on Austin- he knows his ready for work. She says words such as heal, forward, back, find a chair, sit down and then praises Austin for his help ‘where are a great team we are’, said Katherine. The children then had the opportunity to looks at brail ‘this is what blind people use to read’ explained Katherine who showed us some glasses which would distort our sight so we could physically see what it might be like to be partially blind.
Max ‘I can just see the face’
Tom ‘you look white’
Roan ‘you look white but I can only see your face’
Alexia ‘I can see you but you look blurry’
Nicholas ‘I can see two Mete’s’
Annabel ‘I could see fuzzy stuff’
We then all had a gentle pat of Austin who seemed very calm and tolerant while we all admired him. We often take our senses for granted- this presentation was an opportunity for all of us to realise disability does exist and it doesn’t mean you can’t do everyday things.
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona