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Leader Dogs for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Leader Dogs for the Blind
1039 S Rochester Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307-3115
(248) 651-9011 (Local)
(248) 651-5812 (Fax)
(888) 777-5332 (Toll-Free)
(248) 651-3713 (TDD/TTY)
leaderdog@leaderdog.org
http://www.leaderdog.org

Brief Description

The mission of Leader Dogs for the Blind is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.

Since 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind has been providing guide dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Founded by three Lions Club members, we have proudly trained over 14,500 clients from 39 countries in the use of a Leader Dog.

Other services Leader Dog provides are: guide dog training for people who are both deaf and blind, accelerated O&M training, specialized summer youth program and training in the use of auditory GPS to increase the ability of the user to travel independently in new environments.

All services are provided free of charge to the recipient.

Hours of operation: Office hours Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Clients served on average per year: Approx. 300
Number of staff: 120
Geographic area served: Unlimited.
Publications: Leader Dog Update; Orientation of Guide Dog Users to New Environments; Guide Dog Users in the Workplace

Staff

Susan Daniels, President/CEO, sdaniels@leaderdog.org
Jim Dugan, Manager of Client Services, (248) 659-5047, jim.dugan@leaderdog.org
Rodney Haneline, Chief Operating Officer, rhaneline@leaderdog.org
Erica Ihrke, Manager of Extended Services, (248) 659-5053, eihrke@leaderdog.org
Dani Landolt, Chief Marketing Officer, (248) 218-6411, dani.landolt@leaderdog.org
Melissa Pena-Gallis, Chief Talent Office, (248) 659-5027, melissa.gallis@leaderdog.org
Lorene Suidan, Chief Financial Officer, (248) 651-9011
Melissa Weisse, Chief Philanthropy Officer, (248) 651-9011

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Dog Guide Training
    • Leader Dog's Guide Dog Training with GPS program is an intense 25-day course that pairs clients 16 years of age and older with a guide dog. During the first two days of the program, clients work closely with their instructors, learning how to execute voice and hand signals, as well as basic commands that the dog has already learned. On day two, clients are matched with a trained dog based on life style, travel pace and physical size and stamina. Over the course of the program, the client and dog eventually become a team as they walk in a variety of environments, such as rural roads, mid-size cities, shopping malls and a large city with public transportation. Throughout the training clients (from the US and Canada) receive a free audible HumanWare Trekker Breeze+ GPS device and instructions on how to use it expand their travel environment.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers Accelerated O&M Training to people 16 years and older. This seven-day course is individually designed to sharpen the existing skills of the client. Offers expedited instruction in mobility to those interested in obtaining a guide dog or those interested in continuing to travel with a white cane.

Services for Children

  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • This summer adventure for teens 16 and 17 includes the opportunity to experience what it is like to live and work with a Leader Dog and sends you home with a free HumanWare Trekker Breeze+ GPS device! During the week you'll learn how to use the GPS to enhance your ability to travel in current and new environments. The camp is all about having fun, learning new things, challenging yourself and making new friends. Some activities planned for the week include tandem biking, kayaking, rock climbing, and movie night... just to name a few!

      Instructor to Client Ratio
      GPS Camp has a 1:3 instructor-to-client ratio to ensure a personalized experience for all participants.

      Lodging
      Campers stay in the residence facility on our beautiful campus in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Male and female clients reside in separate areas of the residence and are supervised by Leader Dog instructors. Leader Dog covers the cost of housing, meals, activities and travel. Participants may bring pocket money for souvenirs.

      Applications are being accepted now for the June 23-June 30, 2017 camp. To download an application go to www.leaderdog.org/programs/youth or call 888/777.5332 and ask for the client services department.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • The Leader Dog Program is an intense 25-day course that pairs clients 16 years of age and older with a guide dog. During the first two days of the program, clients work closely with their instructors, learning how to execute voice and hand signals, as well as basic commands that the dog has already learned. On day two, clients are matched with a trained dog based on life style, travel pace and physical size and stamina. Over the course of the program, the client and dog eventually become a team as they walk in a variety of environments, such rural roads, mid-size cities, shopping malls and a large city with public transportation.

Announcements

Leader Dog is Accepting Applications for 2017 Summer Experience Camp

Ongoing Events/Programs

Guide Dog Training with GPS
Accelerated O&M Training

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