Panel discussion offers information on guide dogs, sight loss resources

May 17, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State University Libraries, in partnership with the State College Sight Loss Support Group of Central PA and the Happy Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, will host a panel discussion to answer questions and provide information about service dogs on Tuesday, June 6. The panel discussion, set for 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, is free and open to the public. An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided for this event.

Members of regional and Centre County organizations and resource groups, University contacts and other advocates will participate in the panel discussion with an open question and answer session to follow initial comments and presentations.

Some of the discussion topics covered in the June 6 panel discussion will include:

  •  Guide dog cost
  •  Guide dog training
  •  Other assistance animals
  •  Laws relating to animals in public buildings
  •  Blindness in other cultures

The panel discussion also can accessed for listening or viewing on Mediasite Live at as it occurs. The recorded program, available soon afterward, will include captions.

The State College Sight Loss Support Group offers a supportive atmosphere where individuals can adjust to loss of vision, learn what resources are available for assistance and develop strategies to regain independence. The Happy Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind works as an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind to enable those who cannot see to live full and independent lives, just like people who can see.

For more information about the June 6 panel discussion at the University Libraries, including physical access and other special accommodations for this event, contact Emily Rimland at 814-863-7355 or

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Last Updated May 22, 2017