Guide Dog Foundation Opens Their Doors For An Exclusive Look Into The Two-Week Comprehensive Training Of Blind Or Visually Impaired Handlers And Their New Found Independence Through A Guide Dog
WHAT: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 is International Guide Dog Day and the Guide Dog Foundation is celebrating the day by opening their doors to showcase a class of new guide dog students working with their new guide dogs from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Foundation’s campus in Smithtown, New York.
When handlers and dogs are matched, the applicant is invited to attend a comprehensive two-week training program here on Long Island. During the10-day on-campus training, students and their dogs learn how to work together as a new team for independence. The dogs are trained to lead a person in a straight line, find and follow a clear path, maneuver around obstacles (both on the ground and overhead), and stop at changes in elevation, such as curbs and stairs among numerous other tasks and skills.
Now is an important time to educate and remind the public about the vital work of a guide dogs; touch upon the important topic of proper etiquette when encountering an individual with a guide or service dog; and inform them of Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), in which people with disabilities are allowed to be accompanied by their guide or service dog in all places the public is permitted. Guide Dog Foundation can provide you with information on these important topics. Please join us in our mission to educate the public about guide and service dogs and for more information visit guidedog.org.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25th from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
WHO: Interviews available with new class of guide dog handlers
Captivating visuals of handlers and dogs navigating obstacles and streets together as a new team
About the Guide Dog Foundation
For more than 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. (www.GuideDog.org), has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving clients from across the United States and Canada. The Foundation relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to serve people with disabilities. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual. Its sister organization, America’s VetDogs, trains and provides guide, service, and hearing dogs for disabled veterans and first responders. The Guide Dog Foundation was the first assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.
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