From August 7-13th, join The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. in celebrating International Assistance Dog Week, which recognizes all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals throughout the world.  Many blind and Deaf-Blind employees at the Lighthouse use guide dogs to travel safely, increasing their independence and self-sufficiency.

Nancy Swaney and DoriComputer Training Program Instructor Nancy Swaney travels independently to and throughout the Seattle Lighthouse with her guide dog Dori.

“It’s such a privilege to work with Dori.  She not only helps me move around confidently and efficiently as a blind person, but also her companionship helps me live a happier and fuller life.”

Karen Park, a Digital Document Imaging Technician, is grateful to have the assistance and companionship of her guide dog Lexi.

“Having a guide dog gives me independence and helps me feel safe. I cannot see any cars or hear a siren very well, but my Lexi can. The best thing about a guide dog is having a companion! My Lexi can go anywhere I go – events, restaurants, flights, work, and her most favorite… the pet store! A guide dog is more than a guide to independence…she is love!”

This week, make a gift to the Lighthouse in honor of the daily contributions assistance dogs make towards independence for our employees.  You’ll be supporting the Lighthouse’s mission to create and enhance opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency for individuals who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities.