[IRLGuideDogs] IGDB news

  • From: "Lean Kennedy" <Lean@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 17:04:06 +0100

Dear All,

IGDB has had another eventful week. A group of 50 people representing IGDB 
visited Áras and Úachtarán yesterday to meet President Mary MacAlese. This 
group was made up of Guide Dog Owners, Long-Cane Users, Staff Members, Board 
Members, Puppy-walkers and Volunteers. By all accounts it was a very enjoyable 


Rehabilitation Worker, Megg Marchbank, finished an Orientation and Mobility 
class today with 3 clients. 


I gave an Accessibility Presentation to staff members of Cork County Council 
last Tuesday morning. The group was made up of Building Control, Surveyors Fire 
Dept., Occutpational Therapists, and so on. A representative from Cork Deaf 
Association and a representative from Irish Wheelchair Association were also 
guest speakers. The feedback given indicates the attendees found the 
presentations very helpful and informative.


The centre will be a hive of activity over the next few weeks as 7 clients will 
be in for training. PJ Hogan, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, and Nathalie 
Woods, Guide Dog Mobility Apprentise, will be training 4 clients with their 
guide dogs. Client Services Manager, Neil Ashworth, will be training 2 clients 
with their guide dogs. Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Rhea Eswer, will be doing 
Refresher Training with a guide dog owner.


IGDB's AGM will take place at the Training Centre tomorrow 27th May.   

That's all our IGDB for the moment,

The notice below is regarding an event, that may be of interest to you,



Seeing Better Ireland 2006


This event is jointly organised by the Blind Centre for Northern Ireland and St 
Joseph's Services for the Visually Impaired.  

It takes place in the Ulster Hall in Belfast on Tuesday 6th June, 1.00pm - 
7.00pm and Wednesday 7th June, 10.00am - 3.00pm.

It takes place in Dublin, in St Joseph's School for the Visually Impaired on 
Thursday 8th June, 11.00am - 7.00pm and Friday 9th June, 10.00am - 2.00pm.  
Admission is free.


The exhibition aims to be a one-stop-shop, providing a forum for people from 
all over Ireland to see a wide range of service organisations, support groups 
and companies specialising in high and low tech equipment.  We are delighted to 
have a 50% increase in the number of exhibitors from our last outing in 2004.  
The exhibitors are coming from Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Austria and the 
United States.


We have sighted guides available for people who may require them and these can 
be booked in advance. 

Blind in Business are running a free workshop for young people of 13 years and 
older on Technology and Computer Games.  This will be held in Belfast on 
Tuesday at 1.00pm and Dublin on Thursday at 2.00pm.  

The Exhibition Handbook will be available in large print, Braille and on CD.


Our website has directions to both venues and details of all exhibitors with 
links to their websites.  www.seeingbetterireland.org 


If you want further information about either venue, would like to pre-book a 
sighted guide or find out more about the workshop please contact:

Geraldine or Maria in St Josephs, telephone 01-837 3635 or email 
training@xxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:training@xxxxxxxxxxxx>  

Fred or Marlene in BCNI, telephone 048-90 500999 or email fred@xxxxxxxxxx 


The following page is a list of Dublin exhibitors and their website addresses




Action for Blind People www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk 

Albinism Fellowship www.albinism.org.uk <http://www.albinism.org.uk/> 

Anne Sullivan Foundation www.annesullivan.ie <http://www.annesullivan.ie/> 

Arbour Hill Prison, Braille Unit 

Ash www.ashtech.ie <http://www.ashtech.ie/> 

Assist Ireland www.assistireland.ie <http://www.assistireland.ie/> 

Audio Magazines www.vicsireland.org <http://www.vicsireland.org/>  and 
www.talkaround.net <http://www.talkaround.net/> 

Big River Ltd (now known as RiverDocs) www.bigriverdocs.com 

Blind in Business www.blindinbusiness.org.uk 

Calibre Cassette Library www.calibre.org.uk <http://www.calibre.org.uk/> 

Caretec Corporation www.caretec.at <http://www.caretec.at/> 

Cobolt Systems Ltd www.cobolt.co.uk <http://www.cobolt.co.uk/> 

Cragside Accessibility Ltd www.cragside.com <http://www.cragside.com/> 

Dolphin Computer Access Ltd www.dolphin.co.uk <http://www.dolphin.co.uk/> 

Enabling Technologies www.brailler.com <http://www.brailler.com/> 

Fatif Vision Care SRL www.fatif.com <http://www.fatif.com/> 

Féach www.feach.net <http://www.feach.net/> 

Fight for Sight www.fightforsight.ie <http://www.fightforsight.ie/> 

Fighting Blindness www.fightingblindness.ie <http://www.fightingblindness.ie/> 

The Force Ten Company www.forcetenco.co.uk <http://www.forcetenco.co.uk/> 

Gerald O'Connor - Low Vision Practice oconnoropticians@xxxxxxxxxx 

Grenzenlos gGmbH www.grenzenlos-ggmbh.de <http://www.grenzenlos-ggmbh.de/> 

Hagger Electronics www.hagger.co.uk <http://www.hagger.co.uk/> 

Humanware www.pulsedata.com <http://www.pulsedata.com/> 

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind www.guidedogs.ie <http://www.guidedogs.ie/> 

National Association of Housing for the Visually Impaired www.nahvi.ie 

National Council for the Blind of Ireland www.ncbi.ie <http://www.ncbi.ie/> 

Nystagmus Network www.nystagmusnet.org <http://www.nystagmusnet.org/> 

Optelec UK www.optelec.co.uk <http://www.optelec.co.uk/> 

Optima Low Vision Services Ltd www.optimalowvision.co.uk 

Pamtrad Customs Ltd www.pamtrad.co.uk <http://www.pamtrad.co.uk/> 

Professional Vision Services www.professional-vision-services.co.uk 

St Joseph's Services for the Visually Impaired www.stjosephsvi.ie 

Sight and Sound Technology www.sightandsound.co.uk 

Software Express www.softwareexpress.co.uk <http://www.softwareexpress.co.uk/> 

T&T Consultancy www.tandt-consultancy.com <http://www.tandt-consultancy.com/> 

Techno-Vision Systems Ltd www.techno-vision.co.uk 

Torch Trust for the Blind www.torchtrust.org <http://www.torchtrust.org/> 

ViewPlus Technologies www.viewplus.com <http://www.viewplus.com/> 

Visionaid Technologies Ltd www.visionaid.co.uk <http://www.visionaid.co.uk/> 

VICS www.vicsireland.org <http://www.vicsireland.org/> 

Zychem Ltd www.zychem.co.uk <http://www.zychem.co.uk/> 





Léan Kennedy,

Access & Education Officer,

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind,

Model Farm Rd.,


Tel. 021-4878206

Lo-Call 1850 - 506 - 300 or www.guidedogss.ie <http://www.guidedogss.ie/> 

Our first 30 years 1976 - 2006


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