The West Hagerstown Lions Club hosted the District 22W Leader Dog Banquet on April 24.
The guest speaker was Mike Cox, a representative of Leader Dogs for the Blind. The program breeds, raises and trains dogs to lead the blind. Cox, who has been blind since 1962, and his dog, Ace, travel the country to inform the public of the program.
Cox explained how technology has improved for the blind. The program provides students with room, board and computer training for two weeks. Students also receive mobility training with a cane for one week.
Students are introduced to "Tracks," a GPS device that allows them to travel from place to place. There is also a digital device that allows them to read labels and currency. Included is a multilingual program for the deaf and blind.