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Information needed on guide dogs

My mother has had Stevens-Johnson Syndrome since 1974, and her eyesight has been poor since then. She lost her left eye in 1994 due a corneal infection; now, her right cornea is torn and her doctor is not hopeful about her ability to save it. For the past year or so her vision has been severely limited, and she knows that she may be completely blind soon. She does fairly well at home, even with almost no vision, but is completely incapacitated outside her home. She has been resistant to mobility training because she is afraid of doing some of the exercises they require, such as riding a bus alone. I have been researching guide dog facilities, because I think she would do well with a dog, but all of the schools require that the person travel far away and stay there, alone, for an extended time period. I am doubtful that my mom would be willing to do that--she suffers from anxiety problems and I just can't see her functioning well in that situation. Does anyone know of guide dog facilities who can work with someone at home, or facilities located in Kentucky? Mom may be willing to travel somewhere if it's fairly close to her home. Thanks for any responses, I would really appreciate it.

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i am in Kentucky aswell. O&M training doesn't require her to do anything alone until she is ready. find the number for your local Office for the blind and they will work with her on everything from getting around her yard, to going grocery shopping. they will not make her do something she doesn't want to do. a dog is a big responsibility and needs a lot of exercise. feel free to email me if you have any more questions jackiebetsy@bellsouth.netRe:Information needed on guide dogs


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You can find a listing and contact information for guide dog schools across the US by using AFB's Find Services tool
http://www.afb.org/services.asp
Under Services, simply search for "Guide Dog Training" and then enter the appropriate state.


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NO responsible guide dog school is going to provide your mother with a guide dog to work with if she does not already have good or excellent orientation and mobility skills- these are skills she needs to learn WELL before she considers a guide dog, things like using a cane, crossing streets, riding a bus, train, ect.

Not getting mobility training- and you allowing her to get away with it- is idiotic. There's no reason she should be 'incapacitated' when the 'key' to being able to travel as easily and quickly as any sighted person is as simple as a cheap cane and free or low cost training.


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call 1-800-942-0 149 or guidingeyes.org they do home training not sure if they do it first guide dog. I went there it was great. carol in ca


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Hi,
Maybe try calling one of the Guide Dog schools and talk to them about your mom and wants she wants. Maybe they can point you in the right direction. I wish you luck and your mom. I am sure there is something for her
Michelle


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