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Sendai Training Center

Sendai Training Center, which was established in 1996 as the second facility of JGDA, is the only guide dog rearing facility in the Tohoku region. This center is not only rearing guide dogs but also focusing on rehabilitation and improving the quality of life (QOL) of people with a visual impairment. It covers six prefectures in the Tohoku region, and Niigata and Hokkaido. Sendai Training Center started the visually impaired children rehabilitation program, "Wanpakukko Summer Camp" which has since been replicated in other centers.

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, this center functioned as the "Miyagi Branch of the Headquarters for Measures to Support Visual Impaired People in the Great East Japan Earthquake." Staff visited affected areas and conducted extensive community consultation to assess their needs. According to the requests of affected people, we provided articles for daily use such as; radios, voice watches, white canes, an image-enlarging video system and so on. We provided detailed practical assistance for guide dog users and all affected people with a visual impairment.

Additionally, in order to promote understanding of guide dogs and visual impairment, we conducted "Seminars for Acceptance of Assistance Dogs" at supermarkets, Hotels and transportation facilities. After the disaster, we conducted the "School Caravan" as part of mental health care of children in the affected areas. Also, in 2012, the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Act on Assistance Dogs for Physically Disabled Persons, it conducted a "Guide Dogs Parade" in Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture to promote understanding of guide dogs.

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