[nagdu] Introduction and Questions
rhondaprincess at gmail.com
Sun Sep 1 07:03:54 UTC 2013
hello melissa, i got my guide dog when i was years old. and i
had some vision at the time. but i lost it a year after i came
home with my dog. it was up to me to apply for my dog. i had
supporte from my family and it worked great.
there are positive things about having a dog. it has made me
become more independent. and able to go places on my own.
i mostely travel everyware in the bay areia. with my dog. we've
been together for years. and it's worth it.
> ----- Original Message -----
>From: melissa padron <fuzzylucky2021 at sbcglobal.net
>To: "nagdu at nfbnet.org" <nagdu at nfbnet.org
>Date sent: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:35:04 -0800 (PST)
>Subject: [nagdu] Introduction and Questions
>I am new to this list so I though I would just start off with an
introduction and then some questions.
>Well, first of all, my name is Melissa and although I am not a
guide dog user I am a cane user. I'm in college pursuing a
degree in psychology and I will be moving back to my hometown
once I graduate. I'm considered legally blind, so I do have
>Because of the condition I have, I was not taught to use a cane
until my senior year of high school. I actually had to fight in
order to get cane lessons, but since then, I just about take my
cane everywhere with me. It helps a lot more than using my
vision and stressing my eyes....
>Now, some questions:
>I am not considering getting a guide dog now but I do want to
keep it as an option if I decide that it would help me in my
travels. So my question is, what was ultimately you deciding
factor in getting a guide dog?
>What are some advantages and disadvantages in using a guide dog?
>For those of you who have vision, did you encounter problems with
the guide dog schools saying that a guide dog would not benefit
you because you have "too much" vision?
>Ultimately, this is my greatest fear. I'm scared of encountering
criticism by guide dog schools and "blindness professionals"
about whether a guide dog would benefit me or not. A lot of
people with my condition function well without a cane or a dog so
would this be used against me if I were to apply?
>I am looking forward to hearing your responses and advice.
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