Guide Dogs for the Blind

General Information

Guide Dogs for the Blind
350 Los Ranchitos Road
San Rafael California 1 94903
(415) 499 4000
jmetzger@guidedogs.com
http://www.guidedogs.com

Brief Description

Guide Dogs for the Blind also has special programs for children who are blind (Camp GDB, Lifestyles Workshops, K9 Buddy Program).

Staff

Chris Benninger,President and CEO,cbenniger@guidedogs.com

Services Offered

  • Advocacy
    • Provides guidance to alumni addressing issues surrounding blindness and guide dog use.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Guide Dog Lifestyle Workshops introduce you to the unique benefits and responsibilities of working and living with a guide dog. You will gain information through discussion and hands-on experiences. You will leave with the ability to make an informed decision as to whether or not a guide dog is a viable mobility choice for you. These workshops are hosted on our California and Oregon campuses throughout the year.<br><br> <a href="https://www.guidedogs.com/get-a-guide-dog/guide-dog-lifestyle-workshops/">GDB Lifestyle Workshop webpage</a>
  • Counseling
    • Provides support services after graduation to alumni via phone or home visits.
  • Dog Guide Training
    • Creates partnerships between skilled mobility dogs and people who are blind to improve quality of life.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers orientation and mobility seminars for continuing education units to O&M professionals. Trains own instructors.<br><br> Offers seminars in communities around the US and Canada to assist O&M specialists in their work with people who are visually impaired.<br><br> Offer a free resource library of videos on our website for O&M professionals to learn more about guide dog travel.<br><br> <a href="https://www.guidedogs.com/explore-resources/information-for-orientation-and-mobility-specialists">O&M Professional Services webpage</a>
  • Services for Seniors
    • Trains clients to create partnership with a mobility dog that offers companionship and enhanced independence.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation & Mobility Immersion Program: Our week long program is designed to develop those O&M skills most relevant to guide dog mobility. Students will work with specially trained O&M specialists at one of our partner organizations and will be instructed on various techniques such as:<br><br> -Increasing awareness of the environmental information available to a guide dog traveler.<br><br> -Developing an understanding of how to use auditory information like traffic sounds to remain oriented and to achieve correct alignment during general travel and street crossings.<br><br> -Using auditory information to analyze different types of intersections and determine the best time to initiate street crossings.<br><br> -Developing the ability to estimate the distance walked relative to the time taken (time-distance estimation).<br><br> Students will also participate in exercises to help simulate travel with a guide dog (Juno exercises) and learn to apply their sensory awareness and travel skills in a practical way. First time students will get to participate in Juno exercises with a guide dog instructor followed by an experience walk with a guide dog on the same route.<br><br> <a href="https://www.guidedogs.com/get-a-guide-dog/o-and-m-immersion-program">O&M Immersion Program webpage</a>