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Questions about guide-dogs

I am an industrial design student (product design) in Boston, MA. I am looking to gain as much information as I can about guide dogs, and the equipment used with them. For my senior project, I would like to re-design the harness which hasn't changed a great deal over the years. First, I need to see if there is a need for re-design. Please, if you have a guide dog, I would greatly appreciate any information or opinions you have.
Many thanks, Christie Fournier

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Statistics



I have another question too...

Where can I find statistics on the number of blind people in America?

Also, I need to know. Out of those people what is the percentage who use guide dogs?

Out of the people who DO use guide dogs, what is the number of completely blind vs. the number of visually impaired?

Thanks again


Statistics



Hey. Check out these sites:
"http://brailleinstitute.org/education-statistics.h...
"http://afb.org/info_document_view.asp?documentid=1...

Hope you find them useful,
Devika


stats on guide dogs, etc



In 1994-95, 1.3 million people in the US reported being legally blind. In 1993, just over 7,000 Americans used guide dogs. Others use canes or rely on their residual vision to get around.

As for your last question ("Out of the people who DO use guide dogs, what is the number of completely blind vs. the number of visually impaired?"), I don't believe we can answer that.

You can find more statistics about the prevalence of people with visual impairments (including those who are legally blind) in the Information Center section of our website (go to: <http://www.afb.org/info_document_view.asp?document...>




stats page



sorry, the end of my last post got cut off. The link to the statistics section is:
<http://www.afb.org/info_document_view.asp?document...>


links



my OK, my fault... http://www.afb.org/info_document_view.asp?document...


research on digital harness



I found this old posting from a discussion list hosted by AFB, called Research Roundtable ("R-squared" can be found at http://www.topica.com/lists/R-Squared@igc.topica.com/read). Thought you might find it of use, Elaine

SAMSUNG DEVELOPS DIGITAL GUIDE DOG HARNESS

The Korean electronics giant Samsung has developed a prototype digital
guide dog harness which combines the use of the GPS global satellite
positioning system with the ability to record vocal notes.

The harness works in tandem with a wrist-mounted device, and together the
system will help guide dog owners achieve even greater independence and
track new routes, according to a report in this week's Electronics Weekly
magazine (web site http://www.electronicsweekly.co.uk - although the
story only appears in the printed version, cover date 16 Feb).

Since 1992 Samsung has funded Korea's only guide dog school. See:
http://www.samsung.com/community/animal/ani01.html...


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HELLO
I HAVE A GUIDE DOG NAMES ALMOND. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE TOTALLY BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED WITH GUIDE GODS, BUT I CAN TELL YOU HOW MANY WERE IN THE CLASS I TOOK IN JANUARY 2001 TO RECEIVE A GUIDE DOG. THERE WERE 11 OF US THERE,5 WERE TOTALLY BLIND, 6 HAD SOME VISION. I HAVE LIMITED VISION. PERHAPS GUIDING EYES FOR THE BLIND IN YORKTOWN HEIGHTS NEW YORK MAY BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU SOME INFORMATION THAT YOU MAY USE.
THERESA


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Hello,
I"m visually impaired and I want to know if visually impaired people. Are they able to get Guide Dogs or is it just for Bline People

Michelle


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I am a dog owner who is currently trying to get my dog involved in animal assisted therapy. I was curious as to how visually impaired individuals feel when people approch their dog to pet/play with them. As of right now the more people that play with my puppy the better, but I would like to see how others handle/train their dogs because once she gets older I am not sure if that is the type of thing that will derail her training, or if its perfectly fine.
I hope that someone understands what Im trying to say...
Thank you!


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I am doing research on guide dogs because I'm trying to get one from Guide Dogs Of The Desert her in California. The rules are, you can't pet and/or play with a guide dog while it's in harness because that can distract the dog.


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Wonder if my guidedog would pick up the bad habits of my sighted dogs who are spoiled rotten?
http://theblind.us/


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Please Help Me!
I am creating a resource directory for the blind by the blind and I need your help!
Please go to your US state and suggest any sites from your area that benefit the blind, in some way.
Thanks - Donald The Blind Webmaster

http://www.theblind.us/


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