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NEC Guide-Dog Visits
"NEC Guide-Dog Visits" is a program started in 2006 and has been operated in cooperation with the Japan Guide Dog Association to create a welcoming social environment for the visually impaired. Guide dog educational classes with lectures about the role and duties of guide dogs and visual impairments, and experience in walking with a guide-dog-PR dog (*1) are held in elementary and junior high schools throughout Japan.
Today, about 1,000 guide dogs are serving, however, approximately 3,000 visually impaired persons (*2) need guide dogs. Three or four dogs out of ten dogs can become a guide dog through training. Efforts and time of many people are required to train one guide dog, and most of them are supported by donations and volunteers.
NEC Group supports the guide dog training program of the Japan Guide Dog Association by placing donation boxes in our in-house shops and offices, and collecting donations at charity events.
- (*1)A dog to promote and educate about guide dogs. Plays an important role in on-site classes, events and fund raising activities.
- (*2)Quoted from the website of Japan Guide Dog Association
|Target||Elementary School Students in Grades 1 - 6, Junior High School Students in Grades 7 - 9 (Guardians may participate; Observation allowed)|
|Description||Classes and demonstrations held to deepen understanding of persons with visual impairments and their guide dogs |
|Host||Japan Guide Dog Association|
|Co-host||Individual Elementary and Junior High Schools|
Comments from participants
- I was able to understand how important seeing eye dogs are for the visually impaired. I want to help these people if I see them in trouble.
- I learned for the first time that there is a lack of guide dogs even though there are many people who need them.