Last Friday, Multicultural Psychology Program (MPP) students went on a field trip to Florence, where they visited the National School for Guide Dogs. The school endeavors to change the lives of the blind/visually-impaired individuals by training 30 dogs each year.
The trainers explained to the students all the steps that must be taken before giving a dog to the person who requested it. The health of both the dogs and the recipients is given high priority. All of this is possible thanks to a network of psychologists, veterinarians, and volunteers who are constantly taking part in a long-term project that has a huge impact on all the actors involved.
Students were lucky enough to meet Carlo, a blind person – as he calls himself – who shared his experience. Carlo will get his dog in May and is currently training with four dogs.
The National School of Dogs is a public institution that is completely funded by the Region of Tuscany and dogs are provided free of charge to the recipients.
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