Jason Corning is Still on the Move

By Rachelle Kniffen

Published in: Update - Issue 3 - 2014 »   
Jason Corning and his former Leader Dog, yellow lab Spencer, on the front cover of an older issue of Update newsletter. They are sitting outside in a field, smiling and facing the camera

Jason and LD Spencer were together for nine years.
After finding a family to adopt Spencer, Jason
contacted his Leader Dog instructor to find out the
best way to transition Spencer to his new home.
On her advice, Jason let Spencer to meet his new
family, then go back for continually longer visits till
the day came for Spencer to stay in his new home.

In 2010 we highlighted Jason Corning, a Deaf-Blind client, and his Leader Dog Spencer in an issue of Update (Issue 1 – 2010). Jason recently trained with his second Leader Dog, Niko, and filled us in on what he’s been up to. And boy, has he been busy!

Jason is currently working for the U.S. Department of Defense as the Test and Evaluation Lead for the Business Capability Division. In this position he tests software systems to make sure they are accessible to people with disabilities.

Jason also entered the Master of Science in Information Systems program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He’s on course to graduate in late 2015 or early 2016. He is the president of both the Metro-Washington Association of the Deaf-Blind and the Baltimore Association of the Deafblind. He serves as the U.S. region coordinator for the Deafblind International Youth Network. If this is not enough, in his “spare” time he got married!

Jason Corning and his former Leader Dog, yellow lab Spencer, on the front cover of an older issue of Update newsletter. They are sitting outside in a field, smiling and facing the camera

“Niko is such a professional working dog,” says
Jason, “He isn’t interested in getting attention from
anyone but me. He is smart and loves to do his
job. I’m amazed how quickly he learns. It is
already easy to travel with him.”

Leader Dog Spencer is now retired. Knowing that he was getting another Leader Dog, Jason made the hard decision to find a loving family to adopt Spencer. On a visit to his chiropractor’s office, Jason mentioned that he was retiring Spencer. Several hours later an employee called Jason to tell him she would love to adopt Spencer and that the chiropractor had already said she was welcome to bring Spencer to the office. Jason was glad about this because Spencer is happiest in active, social situations. Another benefit is Jason’s ability to visit Spencer periodically. So the adoption was finalized.

Jason foresees his future to be as busy as the past four years. With his current Leader Dog, Niko, he plans to continue working for the government and graduating with his master’s degree. He and his spouse plan on traveling and possibly starting a family. If his past is any indication, we’re sure Jason will make all his plans a reality.