Hidden Hearing and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind today announced a new ten year partnership which will see Hidden Hearing sponsor the training of a Guide Dog to help assist an individual who is blind, vision impaired or may have Usher Syndrome.
A leading cause of deafblindness, Usher Syndrome is a genetic disorder which affects hearing and causes progressive loss of sight from the teenage years onwards. In developed countries such as Ireland about four babies in every 100,000 births suffer from the condition, while approximately 3 to 6 per cent of all children who are deaf and another 3 to 6 per cent of children who are hard-of-hearing are affected.*
Welcoming the new partnership, Hidden Hearing’s Marketing Manager Dolores Madden said, “We are delighted to support Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and to fund the training of a Guide Dog. Specially trained Guide Dogs from IGDB act as a constant companion and greatly help improve the quality of life of their owners. We hope our partnership with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will be beneficial for all and it is our intention to continue working with them well into the future as part of our corporate social responsibility programme.”
Commenting on Hidden Hearing’s support, Padraig Mallon, Chief Executive of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind said, “We are very grateful to Hidden Hearing for their support in helping to cover the cost of a Guide Dog for a person who is blind, vision impaired or may have Usher Syndrome. With this dog the person will experience greater mobility, independence and a significant improvement in their quality of life. The support of companies like Hidden Hearing, its employees and their customers is vital to our efforts to raise the funds we require to develop and deliver our life-changing services. We have ambitious plans to train more people in 2013, this donation and the continued support of our volunteers and donors gives us the confidence that we will be in a position to achieve them.”
The new partnership is the latest programme to be assisted by Hidden Hearing’s corporate social responsibility initiative. In 2010 the programme aided the fundraising effort to help establish Console House in Wexford Town, which offers professional counselling to people who are suicidal and those who have been bereaved by suicide. Hidden Hearing also funds the annual ‘Heroes Awards’ in association with the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) – Ireland’s national awards honouring the achievements of those who are Deaf and hard of hearing.
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping persons who are blind or vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence. Established in 1976, IGDB provides a range of training programmes such as, Orientation and Mobility Training (Long Cane), Independent Living Skills Training, The Next Step Programme (To help young adults with the transition to life in college / work) and The Companion Dog Programme along with its Guide and Assistance Dog programmes.
For further information on any of the services provided by IGDB or to see how you can help visit www.guidedogs.ie.
For further information on any of the services provided by Hidden Hearing visit www.hiddenhearing.ie