Andrea Kimett, 19, heads off the stage after receiver her black labrador retriever named Tara at the training class graduation for assistance dogs.
Disabled Lucas County residents who use a power wheelchair or assistance dog can now rest assured knowing their chair or dog will be secure during any medical emergency.
Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak and a host of disability advocates announced today the signing of an agreement to set procedures to secure and transport power chairs or assistance dogs following an emergency.
In the past, people have had difficulty retrieving assistance dogs or power chairs, said Tim Harrington, director of the Ability Center of Greater Toledo.
Black & White Cab will now transport power chairs or other equipment to the hospital, and the Lucas County Dog Warden will transport assistance dogs.
"Even if only one or two people a year benefit from it, it will be well worth it," said Mr. Harrington. The Ability Center will cover any costs that may be incurred as part of the program.
Present at today's announcement were representatives from the Toledo-Lucas County Commission on Disabilities, the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, Black & White Transportation, the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, the Lucas County Dog Warden, and the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency.
"When people collaborate, good things can happen," said Ms. Wozniak.