Message from the President
Welcome to summer and the desire to be out and about! There’s an old saying that it’s not where you go, but how you get there. This holds true for training with a Leader Dog, when that “how” is as unique for each of our clients as their individual personalities and life circumstances. For some clients, the “how” is a home delivery, where we bring their new Leader Dog, and associated training, to them. We average about 30 home deliveries a year, which accounts for approximately 15% of the guide dog clients we serve annually.
Home deliveries are approved for clients who would benefit from this training format or have extenuating circumstances that do not allow them to be away from home for 25 days. Examples include:
- Primary caregiver for a family member
- Medical conditions such as dialysis
- Conditions such as severe post traumatic stress disorder
- Physical limitations
- Unique work environment that cannot be emulated in training
Training through a home delivery is one-on-one with a guide dog mobility instructor (GDMI), usually for an average of 10 days. Though costlier than group training at Leader Dog, home deliveries allow us to support the diverse needs of our clients.
We pride ourselves in offering services that empower our clients to travel farther, travel safer and prepare them for their next life challenge. After all, we believe every individual deserves the opportunity for independence and mobility. It continues to be my honor and pleasure to serve as the president and CEO of Leader Dogs for the Blind. My dedicated team and I look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality services to our clients for years to come.
Thank you for your continued support of Leader Dogs for the Blind and our mission. I hope you and your family have the opportunity to get “out and about” this summer. Enjoy the season and all the beauty it holds!
Susan M. Daniels
President and CEO