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guide dogs

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by buggi, 12 Oct 2007.

  1. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    yesterday, we had guide dogs for the blind visit our work. i put on some glasses that blocked out my vision and the dog took me for a walk.

    It was well scarey!!! :biggrin:

    i didn't realise how fast they walked. the bloke said people always think the blind walk slow.. not so! you don't say! i was nearly running! they practically pull you along and it was dead scary not being able to see where i was going and having to trust the dog, even tho i had already seen where it was gonna take me!

    o yea, and she poo'd on the carpet :rolleyes: but luckily i didn't have to clean it up.
     
  2. longers

    longers Veteran

    It's always good to walk (or run) a mile in someone elses shoes. :biggrin:

    Have you seen these? http://www.guidehorse.org/
     
  3. OP
    OP
    buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    can you imagine when it wants to go to the loo!!!
     
  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Why don't they just have those trainers kids wear that have wheels in them, then they actually could just pull you along. :biggrin:
     
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Guide horse? What's the logic behind that, then?
    What does a guide horse do that a normal horse can't?, i.e. why does it even need to know the person on it's blind? Sorry if it's some crucial horse-based concept i'm failing to understand
     
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    so what sort of company do you work for? and what's the benefit to it of doing this exercise.?1
     
  7. KitsuneAndy

    KitsuneAndy New Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    A guy in our office has a Guide Dog and yeah, he's probably the fastest walker in the place :biggrin:

    He's one of our programmers, I really want to know how he does the job, but can't bring myself to ask him.

    I'm assuming he has some sort of text to voice program and uses headphones. Or something that converts the text on the screen to braille, but I'm not even sure they exist.
     
  8. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Bonj, what with all these changes of avatar you're proving to be a master of disguise(!)
     
  9. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    i've still got a fair few to get through yet...
     
  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    You'd understand perfectly if you used your noggin for once and just clicked on the link that has been provided for you.
     
  11. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    I attended a disability awareness course a few years back and I had to wear the goggle that simulate blindness and a colleague had to walk me round Victoria coach station. Scary ..
     
  12. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    you can get keyboards with a Braille bar along the bottom, where the little dots pop up and you can read, but they're pretty slow.

    Many blind people have some vision and get by with screen magnifiers. Otherwise, there is plenty of software available to read what is on the screen. I think Jaws is the most common.

    Another common trick is to wear headphones, with one side reading the screen and the other connected to your phone.

    Never mind walking fast, you want to hear a blind man reading an email through the speech software. You'd never understand it.
     
  13. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Well I would if it even made sense. It says they're looking for 'legally-blind' people. How can you be illegally blind? What's illegal about being blind?

    Ah, so they're mini-horses then, and they don't actually ride them?

    What's the advantage over dogs?
    Aside from any issues of genetic modification, then it's probably a good idea - as far as horses can be.

    But why is someone paying for this? Who gains?
     
  14. Big Bren

    Big Bren New Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    In the real world, everyone does; raising awareness of disability issues is a way of breaking down barriers and removing stigma and helps disabled people integrate into the workplace. It should also help to stop idiots like you saying things like:

    Note that I said 'should'.

    Bren
     
  15. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Deaf dogs for the blind..
    Blind dogs for the deaf

    You can emulate any of those situations in the cold light of your home without having people watch you