This morning I watched “extraordinary dogs” on TV and came across a Labernese breed. A mixture of Labrador and Mountain Bernese. Dogs that are well skilled to be trained to help persons with visual and motor disabilities. I did a little research and came across the MIRA foundation in Canada and France :
The MIRA Foundation is totally dedicated to helping disabled individuals by teaming them with dogs bred and fully trained to respond to their adaptation and rehabilitation needs. All of MIRA’s services are made available free of charge to individuals with one or many visual or motor disabilities, and to children presenting Pervasive Development Disorders such as autism. At MIRA, we subscribe to a principle of physical equality. Namely, we believe that anything that is accessible to the public at large should be accessible to handicapped individuals. Our work consists in helping individuals with one or many disabilities to adapt to life with these disabilities. We concentrate our efforts on improving the functional abilities of individuals, in particular in regard to mobility and orientation, so that they can get around freely in their living environment.
Read more: http://www.mira.ca/en