Animals of the Tech Expo: Assistance Dogs

Thanks to the modern age in which we live, a quick internet search can turn up information on just about anything we can think of. And when we perform a search on our beloved assistance dogs, we learn from Morieka Johnson that they can “accomplish pretty amazing feats on a daily basis. Bethe Bennett’s miniature schnauzer nudged her back to consciousness after a fall. The trained service dog also retrieved an emergency phone list so Bennett could call neighbors for assistance. A pooch named Mr. Gibbs totes Alida Knobloch’s oxygen tank so the 2-year-old can dash around with other children. Mr. Gibbs even braves playground slides with Alida…[and] Sandra Leavitt also relies on a service dog to help battle her rare seizure disorder” (Source).

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The statistics tell us: “According to the University of Arizona, 0.9% of persons with disabilities are partnered with service dogs. In 1990, Congress found that there were 43 million Americans with disabilities, suggesting there are approximately 387,000 service dogs across the US” (Source). The times have progressed since 1990, and we certainly hope that the stats have progressed as well. Fact is, for the number of disabled persons existent in America, the amount of them who could use an assistance dog is probably vast.

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At the Tech Expo in Sonoma County, our friends from Canine Companions for Independence help us to challenge those stats by bringing their wonderful animals for everyone to get to know.

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From their website, we can learn a lot about this amazing company: “Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship” (Source).

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Maybe you’d like to see about getting an assistance dog for yourself, or maybe you know someone who could really benefit from the skills a companion like this could provide. Or maybe you’re interested in learning more about the people who train these remarkable animals, or maybe you’re just in need of some serious dog loving.

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Whatever the case, DSLC’s Tech Expo 2015 is the place to go and learn more about assistance dogs and the dedicated people who bring them into our society.

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How can you possibly resist?

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People Helping People at a Tech Expo

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DSLC’s Tech Expo, held yearly at the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA, is an all-day effort, a full-scale campaign to promote awareness as to the products and services that are available to both the disabled and the greater community at large. But its mission could not be accomplished without the hard work put forth by the people who stand behind the principle. The people you see at a Tech Expo are there to provide information to the people who need to know that information, people who otherwise may not have known about a particular kind of assistive technology, or a certain service that can increase independence.

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Tech Expo exhibitors are the backbone of this incredible event. They are the ones who take the time to show up, and they are the ones who explain. Tech Expo exhibitors are the ones who’ve spent their lives immersed in the technology and services they know so well, and the Tech Expo is their chance to reach out, to speak to the public about the ways in which they can help others.

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The Tech Expo is a place of exploration for visitors, where the size and scope increases each year the event is held, testament to the demand for an event like this to occur. The Tech Expo is, in essence, a critical opportunity to educate and inform, where the chances stand that if even one life has been touched, then the event becomes more than worth the effort.

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This year’s Tech Expo celebrates two occasions: the tenth time it has been put on, meaning that DSLC’s Tech Expo has been running for an entire DECADE! And the anniversary of the ADA — The Americans with Disability Act — a groundbreaking law that was passed in 1990, resulting in life-enhancing, society-altering changes that affected millions. Our exhibitors will be working with DSLC to commemorate these occasions, to make the magic happen, and they’ll be waiting and eager to see and speak with you as you arrive with any questions you might have.

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Not doing anything on October 9th this coming fall? Why not drop by and see what’s going on? Drop by even if you are, because you never know what you might find; something may be there that might be important to the life of someone you know.

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