A Fresh Perspective 4 – By Maudie

(Editor’s Note: A reminder that Maudie is a new Board member who came to us from Leadership Tulsa. She is new to deafness, and she has agreed to share things she learns with all of us.. as seen through her fresh eyes.)

Hello everyone – I do hope your new year is off to a great start. It’s Maudie here, and I am back to the new semester of college, enrolled in two classes.

How many of you have pets, or could enjoy the thrill of having someone meet and greet you as you come and go?

Well, I may have found a tremendous adventure for you! It is called Dogs for the Deaf Ambassador program. Dogs for the Deaf is based in Oregon. The basic requirements to be a Dogs for the Deaf Volunteer Ambassador are:
- a desire to help Dogs for the Deaf
- an ability to speak effectively to groups
- a love of people and dogs.

They provide the training materials and a power point presentation in order to make the Ambassador’s position as easy as possible. Some of the clients have their own dogs and demonstrate how the dogs help them, but you do not have to have a dog to help with the program.

Dogs for the Deaf, and other hearing dog organizations, train dogs to alert their owners to sounds such as the doorbell, the phone, their name, and smoke alarms.

If you’d like a program closer to home, Dog Ears, Inc. is based in Oklahoma City. Check out more at www.annescountryclubforpets.com/‎ This is the organization that hosts Dog Ears.

If you are interested in the Ambassador program and like to talk to people and groups, please call Cathy Stone at Dogs for the Deaf in Oregon at 541-826-9220 for more information.

The TSHA office can help with information on hearing dogs in general, including information for those who might wish to apply for a dog. Contact TSHA at 918-832-8742 or dhiggins@tsha.cc.

Blog readers, let me hear from you – what issues are you concerned about? I’ll be happy to research those.

Here is a quote that may give you a fresh perspective:

“If I had to put it in a nut shell, what is the worst thing about being deaf, it’s not that I am not able to hear music. It’s not that I am not able to hear a voice. It’s not that I can’t hear the telephone. It’s not that I can’t enjoy a movie or a play. What is it then? Attitude. That’s my biggest handicap. Not my attitude— your attitude.” – UIF Nagel as told to Hershel Dyer. (UIF Nagel is from Norway. He has a hearing loss, and he received a cochlear implant in 2009.)

Until next time –
Maudie

2 Responses

  1. Aaron Bean Says:

    Interesting thoughts! I wonder if we can train our dog to help out like that around the house.

  2. Diana Says:

    I know many people who HAVE trained their own to to respond to the door and phone. Just reinforce their barking… try to get them to run to Bota for a treat when the door or phone rings. Good luck!

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