I’m sure many of you have seen this video online or on the news but I definitely think it is worth blogging about as well. Also, if you have never experienced audio descriptions, this video will be a new experience for you. I could have just posted a non-audio described video but since many of my readers DO have visual impairments and these types of videos are out there to help individuals with visual impairments enjoy movies and videos, I thought it would be a good experience for you.
Watch/listen to this video and then read further.
I had many reactions to this video. First and foremost, I am honored and so glad that I have Makiko by my side to help protect me from situations like this. Second, I am SO proud that Makiko is a Guide Dogs for the Blind dog and we trained with the same school (even though a different campus) that this dog was trained at. The person that was using the harness and working this dog was an apprentice instructor. Before a dog is deemed “class ready,” they must go through several tests with a blindfolded instructor. They have another instructor (the guy you see on the right of the woman and the dog) supervising them to ensure they are safe and to see how the dog reacts to certain situations to determine if there is an additional training needed. These three were walking on a route when a 93 year old woman lost control of her car with her husband also in the car and somehow managed to fit down the narrow sidewalk and go all the way out into the next intersection. The dog saw the car backing up at high speeds, turned its head and alerted the trainers something was up. The non-blindfolded trainer then pushed them around the corner and out of the way. So it was really a team effort but the other trainer would not have known in time, more than likely, that there was a problem if the dog didn’t alert them. Last, I really loved how the audio descriptions on this video were really well done.
The day after this incident we received an email from the Guide Dogs for the Blind President explaining the incident. Again, I am very proud to be a Guide Dogs for the Blind graduate and have a dog that went through their amazing program.
What are your thoughts on this?