Steve goes under the blindfold at Guide Dogs Liverpool(July 04, 2014)
Steve took up the opportunity to experience the work of Guide Dogs first hand by taking part in a morning under blindfold at the charity’s Centre in Knotty Ash.
Steve first learned about the use of a white cane and got to grips with the mobility tool in the grounds of the Centre before moving a little further afield and putting his trust in guide dog in training, Golden Retriever cross German Shepherd, Nell.
The visit helped to highlight some of the issues faced by blind and partially sighted people on a daily basis, such as obstructions on the pavement and gave a real insight into the work of Guide Dogs. Despite heavy rain, Steve braved the elements to immerse himself in the activities.
Steve said: “today was about understanding the difficulties blind and partially sighted people face every day and appreciating the outstanding work the Guide Dogs Association provide to help those individuals. I am grateful that the team invited me along to experience this opportunity first hand”.
Tony Cook, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor said “it was fantastic to have the opportunity to spend some time with Mr. Rotheram, giving him the chance to see first-hand how visual impairment affects someone’s mobility. It is so important that MPs understand the issues faced by their constituents and for us, there is no better way than to simulate what blind and partially sighted people experience on a daily basis”.