Thursday, January 29, 2009

Census Bureau Daily Feature for Thursday, January 29: Seeing Eye Dogs’ 80th

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Profile America — Thursday, January 29th. The nation’s first guide dog school — The Seeing Eye — was founded on this date 80 years ago in Nashville, Tennessee. The idea came from a magazine article by Dorothy Eustis about a guide dog program in Germany and a response from Morris Frank, who was blind. Frank traveled around the U.S., demonstrating how guide dogs could free the blind to pursue a more active life. In the years since, The Seeing Eye has matched more than 13,000 specially bred and trained dogs to sightless people from the U.S. and Canada. Most of the cost is covered by charitable contributions each year. Across the U.S., there are close to 2 million people over the age of 15 who are unable to see.

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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