To improve the independence and well-being of Deaf and
Deaf-Blind Israelis through the provision of specially-trained Hearing
Most deaf or deaf-blind people at some stage face the
reality of missing important sounds -- crucial, possibly life-saving
warnings (eg the war siren alert) that many hearing people take for granted.
Mainly those individuals who live alone or in a place where there are no
hearing people, it can be important that they be alerted to certain
happenings eg. a knock at the door, an alarm; the sound of a prowler.
Our dogs give deaf people security of sounds around them,
and they know they have a dog that can be trusted for their safety.
Ali Hope-trained Hearing dogs will offer further a
practical alternative for many deaf people and can be constant companions
capable of responding to many different situations and alerting their deaf
owners to important sounds. Also providing emotional and social benefits
through their companionship and encouragement of more contact with public
society as people will SEE that the person is deaf as deafness is an unseen
handicap and they will get more practical help from people in public. The
dog will also perform a protection role as well.
The dogs are specially trained to assist by alerting deaf
and deaf-blind people to become aware of certain needed daily sounds they
miss out on both at home and in public places.
Dogs will be trained and placed with people who are deaf
and Deaf-Blind. The Deaf Blind will not feel alone, they will be alerted to
sounds within the home and be lead carefully to the source of the sound. The
Deaf Blind person will be able to go out for air just outside their home and
enjoy to have company with their sound alerting dog. These dogs will not be
guide dogs for the blind, to lead them in public.
The deaf person who has the hearing dog can
choose the sounds they want their puppy to be trained to respond to and
alert them by “pawing”/touch and lead them to a variety of important daily
sounds they don’t hear.
Tracy and Tamara
Our director is Tamara
is deaf with Ushers Syndrome and is a qualified dog trainer. She has already trained 3
There isn't much support for the deaf and deaf-blind in Israel. We are hoping that the Foundation will aid this community in special ways.
Another goal is that we would
like to see other deaf and deaf-blind people actively involved in the
foundation to develop more skills that might help them find employment in the future.