“Growing Up Fisher” TV Show is Inspired By Creator’s Experience with His Father’s First Guide Dog from the Guide Dog Foundation
February 18, 2014 – Smithtown, NY – The Guide Dog Foundation ( www.GuideDog.org) is thrilled to support NBC’s new comedy series “Growing Up Fisher” ( www.NBC.com/Growing-Up-Fisher/), which is inspired by creator/executive producer DJ Nash’s own childhood experiences when his father trained with and received a guide dog from the Guide Dog Foundation in the early 1980s. Starring J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, “Growing Up Fisher” follows 11-year-old Henry (Eli Baker) as he adjusts to his parents’ divorce and his blind father’s (Simmons) new guide dog. The “Growing Up Fisher” pilot will premiere after the Olympic Closing Ceremony on Sunday, February 23, at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBC, and then will air a new episode in its normal time slot on Tuesday, February 25, at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
1981, my dad acquired his first guide dog from the Guide Dog Foundation, and
she changed our lives. She changed my dad’s life for sure, but she really
changed all of our lives. I went from being my dad’s human guide to having to
race to keep up with him,” said Nash. “My dad lost his sight when he was 11,
and until he was around 45, he navigated the world with the help of humans.
Several things led him to the decision to get a guide dog, including a fellow
law school student who was also blind, and him seeing someone he respected with
a guide dog really made an impact on him and his decision to get a dog.”
1946, when the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind was founded, its mission was
simple: to provide guide dogs and training – free of charge – to people who
were blind or visually impaired. A 12-day in-residence training program at our
Smithtown, NY, campus teaches our students the skills and commands needed to
foster a successful working team with a guide dog. Upon completion of training,
the newly created human and guide dog team returns home to start their new life
airing of ‘Growing Up Fisher’ is a wonderful opportunity to bring even more
awareness to our mission to improve the quality of life for people who are
blind or visually impaired,” says Wells B. Jones, CEO of the Guide Dog
Foundation. “The show clearly showcases the independence a guide dog brings to
its handler – as well as the challenges guide dog handlers face every day.”
“Growing Up Fisher” episodes, including the post-Olympics premiere, will be
offered with descriptive viewing.
the Guide Dog Foundation
six decades, the Guide Dog Foundation has supported the independence, enhanced
mobility, and companionship a guide dog brings to its handler. Students come to
its Smithtown, N.Y., campus from all over the United States and Canada for the
quality of Foundation dogs and its innovative training techniques.
is never a cost to consumers for their guide or service dogs. The Guide Dog
Foundation relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations,
service clubs, and foundations to support its programs. It does not receive
2009, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind became the first assistance dog
school in the United States to be certified by the International Guide Dog
Federation and Assistance Dogs International. It was recertified by both
regulatory bodies in 2013.
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