Dogs for the Deaf

The television series, "The Doctors,” features Marlee Matlin and the dog rescue organization "Dogs for the Deaf.”

Posted: October 3, 2012, 8 a.m. EDT

Photo Courtesy of CBS Television Distribution / Stage 29 Productions LLC

Trainer CarrieBrooks, Bonsai (dog), Marlee Matlin, Dr. Travis Stork, and Dr. Lisa Masterson

Imagine life without the ability to hear a phone ring, a knock at the door, or the sound of a loved one. While the ability to hear is one that many of us may take for granted, it is simply out of reach for 13% of Americans.

On Thursday, October 4, the daytime series will welcome National spokeswoman for closed captioning and Academy Award winning deaf actress, Marlee Matlin who will be discussing "Dogs for the Deaf.”

"Dogs for the Deaf” rescues thousands of canines annually from local shelters across the country and trains them to aid people with disabilities such as hearing impairment and autism.   Dogs are taught to respond to a variety of household sounds, including: the doorbell/knock, smoke alarm, alarm clock, telephone, name call, and oven timer. Trainer Carrie Brooks will also join the show with rescue dog, Bonsai, for a live demonstration.

"’Dogs for the Deaf’ is a wonderful organization and I am proud to lend my support and hope others will as well, as they are a non-profit group and provide these companions for free!” says Matlin.

Check your local listings to see when the show airs in your area.

For more information on Dogs for the Deaf and how you can help, click here.


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