The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is pleased to be working with Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) on a joint research project to examine guide dog use in the U.S. and Canada.

Why Do Some People Choose Not to Explore Guide Dog Use?

As AFB research staff and GDB leadership met in mid-October, discussion turned to why some individuals who are blind or have low vision do not explore use of a guide dog.

How Are We Examining Attitudes Towards Guide Dog Use?

We have conducted a brief survey to explore this question. Thank you to everyone who participated! The survey is now closed, and we are analyzing the results.

Who Can I Reach Out to for More Information?

Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, AFB’s Director of Research, is heading up this study. Please email her at

Who Is Sponsoring This Research?

Guide Dogs for the Blind has contracted with AFB to conduct a 21-month research project on guide dog usage in the U.S. and Canada.