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June 29th 2010:Special Skills Dogs and Family Caregiving

Jerry Ford has Lilo, his special skills dog guide. Rhonda Workman is Head Trainer for Hearing Ear Dogs and Special Skills Dogs of Canada, Lions Foundation of Canada. Jerry describes his experience with his disability and what led him to get Lilo. He explains how Lilo helps him and those around him with his challenges, and the things that Lilo does that make the sun shine for him. Rhonda describes her work with Dog Guides Canada in training special skills dogs. She explains the types of challenges that the special skills dogs are trained to help with. She discusses the typical questions that sh

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Jerry Ford

Jerry Ford is a retired chartered accountant who has been advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities for almost 30 years and has had extensive involvement in the not-for-profit sector throughout his career. His accomplishments include being a founding member of Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario http://www.cwdo.org/ and Art de Triomphe www.artdetriomphe.org. As his disability progressed he became increasingly dependent on the assistance of others to enable him to live fully, then a friend suggested a service dog might be a good option for him. He applied to the Lions Foundation of Canada and, in October 2009, he went to Oakville to be trained as a dog handler. There he was introduce
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Rhonda Workman

Rhonda Workman is Head Trainer for Hearing Ear Dogs and Special Skills Dogs of Canada, Lions Foundation of Canada. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She’s always loved animals and so, after graduation, she worked at the Guelph Humane Society. After that, she started at Lions Foundation Dog Guides. There she began in the Puppy Program, whelping and caring for puppies until they were old enough to be placed with foster families. She also guided the foster families with their puppies. Her next step was to become an Apprentice Hearing Ear Dog trainer, and she also worked with Special Skills dogs. Then she became Head Trainer of the Hearing Ear Dogs an
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