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Celia is a 14 year-old blind teenager who longs for the independence, mobility, feeling of security, and inclusion among her peers that only a guide dog can give her. With your support, the gift of a guide dog can become a reality for Celia.
“Helping one child might not change the world, but it may change the world for that child.”
Imagine being a blind teenager, walking with a white cane. A cane is a stigma. Other children and adults often avoid a person with a cane.
Many visually impaired children are outcasts, have very low self-esteem, and often suffer from depression. Many of them do not participate in extracurricular activities and spend most of their time secluded at home. However, bring a guide dog into the equation and everything changes. A guide dog is much more than a mobility assistant, they act as a social bridge to the sighted community and invite adults and other children to interact with the blind child. Time and time again, we hear parents say that their child was brought out of their shell and into our world after receiving their guide dog.
Mira is the preeminent guide dog school in the world when it comes to pairing children with guide dogs. In fact, Mira was the first in the world to establish a program for blind children over 28 years ago.
MIRA USA is the ONLY organization in the United States whose purpose is to provide guide dogs, at no cost, to blind American children aged 11 to 16.
MIRA USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit EIN 26-3603779