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“Life is Miles better with my guide dog” – Clonmany man 11.10.17

DONEGAL man Kevin Kelly is among those asking employers to give "equal opportunity" to people with vision loss.
He joined Irish Guide Dogs for World Sight Day tomorrow, in reminding employers of the wealth of talent available to them from within the sight-loss and blind community.
Advocacy and communications manager for the Asthma Society, Kevin Kelly said his guide dog Miles was a "very welcome addition to the team" when he first began his career as a researcher with the Newstalk breakfast team.
After Newstalk, the corridors of Leinster House beckoned as Kevin took up a position as a parliamentary assistant. “Leinster House was another environment in which Miles thrived in moving from guide dog extraordinaire to parliamentary pooch," he said
Kevin Kelly with his guide dog Miles.
The 30-year old Clonmany man's philosophy in life is “get up and get on”.
Despite losing his sight in his teens, Kevin left his home in Donegal to study in Dublin.
His first year in university, studying journalism in DCU, was difficult as he was not familiar with his surroundings. But this all changed when he got Miles, now aged 11.
“I could not have had the career I have enjoyed were it not for my guide dog. He gives me confidence and independence,” he added.
There are a number of support services available to employers seeking guidance in this area including the National Disability Authority, the Department of Social Protection and IBEC. Irish Guide Dogs have also produced an information pack for employers with practical advice on employing someone who is blind or vision-impaired.
To show your support for Irish Guide Dogs you can go to www.guidedogs.ie to for information on employing people with vision impairment, please contact Lean Kennedy at lkennedy@guidedogs.ie .
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