Founded by three Detroit-area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind provides guide dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 270 clients attend our 26-day residential training program to be paired with a guide dog. This is a life-changing event that opens the door to independence, safety and self-worth for many of our clients.
In addition to our guide dog program, we offer programs that enhance a person’s independence and quality of life in other ways, including orientation and mobility training, GPS training, and seminars for Orientation and Mobility professionals. Currently, Leader Dog is the only facility in the Western Hemisphere to teach Deaf-Blind students to work with a guide dog.
Thanks to generous donations from our supporters, our guide dog services are provided free of charge, including room and board and travel to and from our campus in Rochester Hills, Michigan, for clients living in North America.
Leader Dog is recognized as a “Best In America” Charity by the Independent Charities of America (ICA).