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The Royal Society for the Blind’s (RSB) internationally recognised Guide and Assistance Dog Service is set to begin exporting its expertise. An agreement between the RSB and Thailand’s Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP) and the Thailand Association of the Blind (TAB), will be signed on Monday 27 August at the RSB’s Pirie Street headquarters, Knapman House.

A delegation of 23 Thai Government and Disability Agency representatives will be in Adelaide to attend the ceremony and learn more about the wide range of services provided to South Australia’s blind and vision impaired community, by the RSB.

As accredited members of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF), the RSB will provide the expertise and support needed to create an International Standard Guide Dog Service in Thailand.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the RSB”, says Lindy Hennekam, RSB Guide and Assistance Dog Manager. “To be recognised as world leaders and chosen to assist Thailand in establishing their first Guide Dog Service, is a great honour”.

RSB Executive Director, Robert Dempsey says, “This project is a wonderful opportunity for the RSB to support the people of Thailand in establishing their first Guide Dog School, creating a much-needed service that does not exist in that country. It also opens another revenue stream for the RSB allowing us to continue funding services that will improve the lives of blind and vision impaired South Australians”.