Statistics from Mental Health America
- 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year.
- 50% of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14.
Today is International Guide Dog Day, which recognizes the importance of guide dogs, who through their service, empower individuals who are blind or have low vision and help them live their daily lives. Guide dogs are carefully trained to avoid obstacles, access public transportation, cross roads safely, and other daily tasks to help their handlers’ particular needs. Below is a brief informational video about assistance and guide dog etiquette.
Skills Inc. would like to specifically acknowledge two of our employees’ guide dogs, Dori and Mozart. Both dogs received formal training at the Oregon campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind and were carefully matched to their owner based on size, lifestyle, energy level, and personalities.
Today not only honors guide dogs but also everyone involved in training and matching guide dogs to their owners. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!
Microsoft hopes that 3D Soundscape Technology can empower people that are visually impaired by helping them safely and confidently navigate their surroundings. Through a partnership with Guide Dogs UK, Microsoft is currently testing a prototype version of the technology. Read an article about the technology here or learn more about the trials here.