Happy International Guide Dog Day to all the wonderful dogs, handlers, and instructors. My partnerships with Ben, Gem, and Avina have been some of the greatest joys of my life.

This year I need to say this: the guide dog industry has a problem with the exclusion of qualified blind people working in the field (yes, me included). Blind experts could be working in guide dog science, student and graduate relations, and many other areas.
Guide dog school accreditation and the definition of standards for guide dogs’ skills is done with hardly any participation of blind people. The same could be said for service dogs.
I know that I could be contributing to the advancement of guide dog science. And that other blind people could be doing the same in other roles at guide dog schools, international organizations, and breeding cooperatives.

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