Guide dog takes lead for student's independence
Guide dogs make a remarkable difference to the lives of their owners who are blind or only partially sighted.
This has been underscored by the arrival of Bart, the first dog to attend a school in Northern Ireland.
The retriever makes life at Portadown College for deputy head boy James Cunningham so much easier to navigate and allows him to concentrate on his studies secure in the knowledge that he can make his way around the campus easily.
James' independence has improved immensely and he has already shown his determination to overcome his sight problems and go on to study music at Queen's University. We wish both him and Bart well in their drive to graduate to third-level education next year.