fyi: featuring Steve and guide dog Nira

The University of Iowa has a great news magazine for faculty and staff called "fyi" and this month features Steve and "Nira" in an article and "picture show"!  This is very nicely done if you ask me.

~ Connie

Read article: Blind professor helps others see another side to disability
Photo feature: Steve and Nira’s first day of class
Audio slide show: Professor, Nira get acquainted with UI campus, each other

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

0 thoughts on “fyi: featuring Steve and guide dog Nira”

  1. Steve, Nira, What a pleasure to discover this multimedia collage of your new life together. Nira, you appear to be the kind of spirited all-weather dog to keep up with Steve in a flurry or a tornado. Take it easy on that ice please; is it melting yet? And circle a date, maybe this year, Connie too, to take Nira on her first pacific ocean beach run. Eddie is ready.
    love, Ken & Kit


  2. Nira is a beautiful companion. Wow, Iowa, that’s the pinnacle. Plastic lemons! That’s apalling that the job assistance program can’t accommodate people in jobs where their skills and creativity can be put to good use.
    The snow is gorgeous.


  3. Wonderful story and pictures! Thank you so much for sharing. As a first-time puppy raiser (for GEB, coincidentally 🙂 I love to read and hear the stories of graduates at work. It will help to ease some of my sadness at the loss of my constant companion of the last 18 months. He will very soon venture off to the next phase of his life – guide dog training. I look forward to attending his graduation and meeting his new partner.
    It’s also good to hear that even mature and respectable guides still chase their tails and like to play tug! *grin*


  4. Great story and wonderful photo essay. The smiling faces of students interacting with Nira reminded me of when my son was small and due to a school holiday I had to bring him to class with me. I armed him with plenty of crayons, papers, and books in the hope he could get through a 90 minute class. I also arranged to have a student take him out of class if got to antsy and this is exactly what happened. Before he and the student left class I asked him if he had anything to say. Never shy, he replied yes and proceeded to tell the class that “Dad, your lecture is really boring”. I along with the entire class burst out laughing. From that point forward, the class turned into one of the best I taught with a great flow of information and easy communication between myself and the students. I wonder if Nira has the same beneficial affect on student/professor communication.


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