The Association Chiens Guides d’Aveugles d’Ile-de-France, located in Coubert in Seine-et-Marne, has been committed to selecting, training, and placing guide dogs with blind and visually impaired individuals in Paris and the Ile-de-France region since September 1975.
It costs about €25,000 to train guide dogs and to follow up over a ten-year period. This charitable organization’s work is made possible thanks to the generosity of donors, sponsors, and volunteer host families.
For individuals that suffer from a visual handicap, guide dogs provides greater autonomy and more safety and comfort when moving around. Guide dogs are also important for social interactions.What is the relationship between Disneyland Paris and your association?
Disneyland Paris has been working with the organisation for several years, as it is particularly vigilant when it comes to issues of disability and is constantly seeking to improve on-site accessibility (such as hotel pool and attraction accessibility). Our teams of guide dogs were also present at the inauguration of the Ratatouille attraction. Because we’re located not far from the parks, some of our host families are Disney employees, hosting puppies aged 3 to 12 months.
On June 29th there’s a special event for your association in our parks. Tell us more!
To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we had a very special day of celebration and reflection at Disneyland Paris. The day began with a ceremony in the morning before employees, volunteers, people working with guide dogs and partner companies. The ceremony included a retrospective, the official placing of dogs with new owners, and testimonies. We also welcomed Catherine Procaccia, Senator from Val-de-Marne, as well as Marie Prost-Coletta, the Ministerial Delegate for Accessibility, as they voiced their support. In the afternoon, 60 dogs, guide dogs, and puppies entering training were part of a pre-parade. It was a remarkable walk, which we hope helped the public to remark our cause!Why did you choose Disneyland Paris to celebrate your anniversary?
We wanted to use the 40th anniversary as an opportunity to thank all those that have helped place our 480 dogs with visually impaired individuals, and raise awareness with the public about the benefits of guide dogs for blind people. We also wanted this event to take place in a setting that is iconic to the region. Celebrating with Disneyland Paris was an obvious choice, as it is only 30 kilometres away and we’ve had years of successful partnership. We impact the same public. Just like the classic Disney character Pluto, guide dogs bring together families and children.