In 2015, DeafBlind Ontario Services (Canada) and Mo Gård (Sweden) partnered to offer expertise through training and mentoring to Asociasión de Sordociegos de Nicaragua (ASCN) or Deafblind Association of Nicaragua, for individuals who are living with deafblindness in Nicaragua. The partnership identified a need for training around daily living skills in this country. The Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) also offered their support for this collaboration.
“Pet therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal. It also involves the animal’s handler. The purpose of pet therapy is to help someone recover from or cope with a health problem or mental disorder.
Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. It can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state.”