Invisible disability

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MEMBERS learned about the ‘invisible disability’ at a talk on the world of the profoundly deaf, and the way a charity is helping them.

June Spoucer is a volunteer for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. She and her husband became involved with the charity after looking around one of its two training centres in Buckinghamshire.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People trains a number of breeds with the aim of offering greater confidence, independence, security and companionship to deaf people. After training, which costs £48,000 for each animal, the dogs are able to alert their owners to many chosen everyday sounds, including telephones, cooker alarms and baby alarms.