Guide Dogs Qld showcase new technology


There was a very different Expo in Brisbane today.

Guide Dogs Queensland showcased their latest training aids and technology, with the help of a few special people.

Whitney Angell reports.

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Aston is a bright, energetic, and funny three-year-old.

Aston: “I eat play-dough.”

It’s hard to believe a genetic condition has left him almost completely blind.

That’s where Guide Dogs Queensland early learning centre comes in.

Aston joined their program at nine-months-old.

Now his rainbow coloured cane is a part of daily life helping him to feel independent and mobile.

Jackie Agostinho, Mother: “Ah… much more confident moving through space.”

David, will eventually lose his sight.

He’s spent the last week learning how to use an UltraCane which is equipped with an ultrasound system.

David Dermody: “It just gives you that little more feedback than what the normal cane does because the normal one you have to touch the object with the cane.”

Sensors give David protection from all angles and more independence.

David Dermody: “Before, if there was something poking out like a tree branch, you’d walk straight into it.”

Today’s expo allows anyone from the community to experience the tools and equipment that assist those who are blind or vision impaired.

Guide Dogs says people of any age, or level of impairment, should reach out.

Bashir Ebrahim, Manager Rehabilitation Services: “Don’t be afraid of contacting guide dogs Queensland. We provide a lot of services and the range can be quite surprising.”

Proving there’s more to Guide Dogs than wagging tails.

Whitney Angell, QUT News.