When someone has a severe visual impairment or blindness, they have a couple options to help them safely navigate the world. One option is using a white cane to help them feel their way around. Another option is having a guide dog: a four-legged partner who will guide them safely anywhere they need to go.
Guide dogs are essential to their human partners, and we recognize their hard work today on International Guide Dog Day.
This International Guide Dog Day, we want to bring awareness to a few guide dog programs. BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, Dogs with Wings, and the Mira Foundation all have something special in common: youth with severe visual impairments are eligible for a guide dog partner.
We were lucky enough to speak with the Mira Foundation about their Youth Guide Dog Training Program.
About the organization
The Mira Foundation was the first Guide Dog School in Canada and the first French one in North America. One unique and wonderful aspect of the MIRA foundation is its youth guide dog training program. Mira was the first training program in the world to give guides dog to youth under 15 years old. At Mira, you can be eligible for a guide dog as young as 11 years old.