By Haru Okano and Tamayo Ong
Have you ever realized the beeping sounds of the traffic lights when you walk by? Did you know those sounds were for blind people to walk the road safely? In my home country, there are quite a lot of efforts and changes being made to support blind people. For example, braille is more seen frequently, as well as most shops have a sticker on their front door indicating that guide dogs are allowed in the store.
But, how about in Singapore? These are some facts about the blind population in Singapore:
Did you know?
1. There are over 17,000 people living in Singapore who are blind
2. Which means… 5% of the population in Singapore is said to be blind
3. In the world, due to diseases, the population of the blind is increasing…
From the list above, and with the current situations we all know in Singapore about guide dogs and the blind, u can say that there needs to be more done in this country!! It was only in September of 2015 that Singapore first got an official trainer for guide dogs.
These are some benefits of blind people having guide dogs:
- Guide dogs can facilitate social interaction by encouraging sighted people to initiate conversation, and by improving owners’ social competence, reducing their feelings of isolation, insecurity and dependence within social situations.
- Guide dogs may let the owner improve the recovery of illness.
- Guide gods also improve blind people’s health, since they increased exercise on regular walking.
Guide dogs play an important role with blind people, as it becomes a part of them, and not only helps the blind people move around easily, but also comforts them as a friend.
Statistics say, that if a person becomes blind at the age of 30, they need about 4(or 5 or 6 or 7) guide dogs to have by their side in their lifetime.
It is important for us to support the blind population in Singapore, because we are part of it. Thank you for the support for the bake sale we had on the 14th of December! Money raised for this sale would be donated to the Guide Dogs Association of the Blind to train the guide dog and support people who struggle with loss of slight.
Go to http://guidedogs.org.sg/ for more information!