By: Denise Decker, U.S. Legislative Fellow to Brazil
|Denise Decker with The Guide Dog project group|
As a recent LegislativeFellow, I had a magnificent opportunity to meet and work with the managers and staffs of several organizations that serve people with disabilities in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Since 2006, Santa Catarina has had a small guide dog training center in Canborieu, about an hour from Florianopolis. I spent a day visiting and touring that school, meeting with the trainers who are learning to train guide dogs. The ultimate goal of the school’s director and staff is to disperse these trainers regionally, so that people who are blind or visually impaired throughout
can be trained with a dog to
guide them. Brazil
At a staff meeting, I spoke about my own experiences being guided by a seeing eye dog since the age of 17. I also responded to staff questions about what it is like to live and work with and care daily for my wonderful Wonder. How heart-warming it is for me to know that Brazilians will experience the same love and devotion I have experienced from the dogs who have guided me over the years.