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Monday, 24 September 2012

Spotlight on: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has been a very valued client of ours over the past few years. We would like to take this opportunity to raise a little bit of awareness about their fantastic programme.


Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national charity and centre of excellence in training hearing dogs to alert deaf people to everyday household sounds and danger signals in the home, work place and in public buildings.


Hearing Dogs was launched at the world famous Crufts dog show in 1982. Since then they have created over 1,600 life-changing partnerships between deaf people and hearing dogs in the UK.


Five key points about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People:


1. Hearing dogs are provided to deaf people at no charge


2. The Charity receives no government funding. They rely on the generosity of individuals, groups, companies and other organisations


3. Each dog is trained to the specific needs of the deaf individual they have been matched to, creating a life-changing partnership.


4. It costs around £45,000 to support a hearing dog through all of its training and final placement with a deaf person


5. It takes 12-14 months for a puppy to complete its socialising training and a further 16-18 weeks for a dog to complete soundwork training.


Hearing dogs alert their deaf recipients to household sounds by touching them with a paw or nudging with a nose to gain attention. The recipient then asks the dog 'what is it?' by voice and/or hand command and then the hearing dog leads the recipient to the source of the sound. For danger signals such as the smoke alarm, the hearing dog will alert the recipient in the same way, but when asked 'what is it?' the dog will lie down to indicate danger.


We hope you will agree that Hearing Dogs for Deaf People provides a vital service which offers greater independence, confidence and security to deaf people. They aim to help as many deaf people as possible by creating life-changing partnerships between deaf people and specially trained hearing dogs.


As we mentioned, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People receives no government funding and rely on the generosity of people like you to help them create more life-changing partnerships.


We think Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a fantastic cause and deserves your all important donations. There's plenty of ways for you to show your support, from running a marathon to hosting a coffee morning and for the more daring among you there's even parachuting and treking to the base camp on Everest!


terptree have been working with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People for a number of years, providing vital communication support during Applicant Assessments for those who have applied for a hearing dog. We're proud to say that our support helps Hearing Dogs to efficiently and confidently conduct their assessments across the country.


We have a lovely relationship with the team at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and our interpreters love working with them too. The feedback we have received from staff is excellent: "It's great to be able to book interpreters quickly and efficiently through terptree. The interpreters are always friendly and helpful as are the staff in the office. We are confident that our needs for interpreters will always be met through teprtree."


Please take the time to look at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's website www.hearingdogs.org.uk to see how you can help make a difference.


Content taken from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's website www.hearingdogs.org.uk

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