Together and individually, Dixie Land Guide Dog Users work to promote a positive image of the blindness community within the community at large as part of our “Paws 2 Educate” Initiative. Our recent presentations have included Charleston’s ASPCA Bark Camp, where our President Audrey is shown giving campers a little off-harness time with her guide, Jessie. This allows young people, especially, the opportunity to see the importance of the harness. Campers also learn why one must never pet or speak to a guide dog in harness.
Here, our Secretary/Treasurer Laurel Jean is shown brailing the names of day campers as our sighted friend Kevan-Ann Spangler, brings the photographer in focus. Kudos to our sighted volunteers!
Laurel teaches day campers the proper way to serve as sighted guides. Campers learn to always ask if help is needed and never grab a blind person by the arm.
Recently, Audrey and Laurel were also blessed to address the Delta Gamma Sorority of the College of Charleston, whose philanthropic focus serves the blindness community locally and beyond.Special thanks to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, whose support helps keep our “Paws 2 Educate” Initiative going and growing!