NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: MARCH 15, 2013


The Governor Morehead School (GMS) for the Blind will have some very special visitors on Tuesday, March 19, when 14 guide dogs from MIRA USA! and MIRA Canada visit the campus. Although there are a number of facilities in the United States that train guide dogs and adults to use those dogs to travel independently, MIRA trains guide dogs for use by children who are blind and under the age of 18.

Currently, GMS students receive instruction in traveling with the use of a white cane. On Tuesday, some GMS students will have the opportunity to experience traveling with the assistance of a guide dog.  In addition, select students attending the Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy located on the GMS Campus also will have the unique experience of using a guide dog while blindfolded to simulate vision loss.

The MIRA USA Foundation, started by Bob Bailey, is located in Southern Pines. For several weeks, dogs from MIRA Canada have been training in the warmer climate of North Carolina and have been made available to children.

Travel will consist of on and off campus routes. Dion Ousley, a Certified Orientation Specialist (COMS) who works at Governor Morehead School for the Blind, will accompany the team. He has worked at GMS for more than seven years and is internationally certified.     

Event Details:
Date:Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time:10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: The Governor Morehead School Campus, Lineberry Building
 303 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh, NC  27605
Contacts: Debbie Jackson, 919.715.8805
 Dion Ousley, 919.520.3308


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