My topic is: Dogs for the Deaf—Dogs for the Deaf is the oldest Hearing Dog training center in the U. S. and is based in the Rogue Valley. Dogs are recused from shelters and trained to help people with hearing loss and children with autism. Dogs are also trained to help professionals (teachers, counselors, therapists, physicians, etc.) in their work with students, clients, and patients with disabilities. These dogs have saved lives, enhanced employability, and greatly increased independence. Dogs for the Deaf is totally funded by donations and dogs are placed free of charge nationwide.
Brief Bio: Robin Dickson is the President/CEO of Dogs for the Deaf and has been with the organization for 31 years, becoming Pres., CEO in 1986. An energetic speaker, she tells the story of how dogs are rescued from shelters and changed from Under Dogs to Wonder Dogs. A Demonstration Dog accompanies Robin and they show how the dogs are actually trained.