Her name is Yumi Sodeyama. This pretty lady from Japan have hearing disabilities yet she can still travel around, thanks to her hearing dog Sammy.
Yumi has traveled with Sammy in the USA, England, and Taiwan.. (which makes me a bit jealous).. but I’m happy for her that she was able to overcome her challenges, and raised awareness that people like her can travel too.
The challenge, however, was to create documents for the dog for quarantine and immigration purposes as Yumi have to do a lot of paper work so the dog can travel with her.. I safely assume other pet owners also have the same challenges, more so when getting a pet insurance. Sammy has passed away, and now Yumi has Mina, who will enjoy the travel with her in the future.
For those who wants to know more about hearing dogs, these animals assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals by alerting them to a variety of important sounds such as a door knock, alarm clock, oven buzzer, telephone, baby cry, etc. These dogs are trained to get the attention and lead their deaf partners to the source of the sound.
These dogs have nametags that indicates them as a hearing dog so people will automatically know they are with a person with a hearing disability. But these dogs does not limit help with deaf people, but are also useful for people with other disabilities too.
Many people are not aware of what people like Yumi can do… specially in my country. I’m amazed when I interview success stories like this on how people have overcome their challenges and have traveled despite that. Hopefully this article can also raise awareness and inspire other people with or without disabilities that they can travel too.
So, do you know persons with disabilities who travels too? ^_^ I used to work with a visually impaired person from India. He’s got a scholarship in London and he already went to the Philippines.. but that’s another story ;)