UATP is a federally-funded program serving individuals with disabilities of all ages in Utah. We provide assistive technology devices and services. We also train university students, parents, children with disabilities and professional service providers about AT. Our goal is to increase independence and quality of life for people with disabilities. Learn more at www.uatpat.org.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
UATP's director talks guide dogs in Statesman article
Guide dogs lend a paw
By APRIL ASHLAND - features senior writer
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
It's said that a dog is a man's best friend, but for Lewis Burdette and SachinPavithran, the role of dogs went much further. Burdette and Pavithran are both visually impaired and have received assistance from seeing-eye dogs.
UATP director Sachin Pavithran with his guide dog Barstow.
Pavithran is the assistive technology specialist for the Center for Persons with Disabilities, and said he retired his dog Barstow in June, after having him for nine and a half years.
Pavithran said he talked to many other visually impaired and blind people before deciding to get his dog. He said he met a girl who had a seeing-eye dog and thought having one might be a way to gain more independence.
"When I was in school, it was fine because I had people around me, but when I started working, I had to travel and get around on my own," Pavithran said.