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Guide Dogs Association of Turkey

According to Ministry of Family and Social Policies, in Turkey there are 750 thousands of persons with visual impairments including persons with low vision. Lawyer Nurdeniz Tunçer is one of those persons with visual impairment who wishes to maintain her life independently. Tunçer and Maggie Moore, the wife of the British Ambassador of Turkey - who is also a person with visual impairment - decide to initiate the guide dog application for persons with visual impairments in Turkey, which led to the foundation of Guide Dogs Association of Turkey in 2014.

Before the guide dog trainings, prospective guide dogs stay with volunteer families during one year where they learn basic commands. Those who wish to open their home to and share their love with prospective guide dogs, can simply apply to the Association to be a volunteer family. Later on, prospective guide dogs start their special training with the first guide dog and mobility trainer of Turkey, who is within the Association. The trainer uses positive reinforcement methods. At the end of the training, those dogs who pass the exams are matched up with persons with visual impairments. 

Guide Dogs Association of Turkey imagined a more social and more accessible world for persons with visual impairments. The Association adapted a model which aims to help persons with visual impairments to maintain their life independently. It also transformed the perception of non-disabled persons. It created a huge difference both in the lives of persons with and without disabilities.

Season 8 - Epsiode 14

Date: 11.5.2017

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