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A blonde woman wearing a dark blue coat stands outdoors in front of a bridge railing. She is smiling and has her hand on a yellow Labrador in Leader Dog harness seated next to her. Background is part of the Chicago skyline


For people who are blind or visually impaired, the loss of sight is only the beginning of a life-changing reality. As everyday tasks become daunting, these individuals often become depressed, anxious and isolated. And the number of people who are blind or visually impaired grows every year.



People are visually impaired


People are legally blind



People are legally blind


People will become blind or visually impaired this year

Based Upon Those Who Are Blind:

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live in low-income settings

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of those who are working age are unemployed

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live with depression

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travel independently with a cane or guide dog

We Help Make People Unstoppable

Leader Dog is the answer for thousands of people in critical need of our services. Because we believe every person deserves equal opportunity for travel and independence, all of our services are provided at no cost to our clients.

Jonelle Bray hugs her black Labrador Leader Dog, Bailey. Bailey is in harness, seated next to Jonelle. Behind is a white background

"Hello! I just finished training at the Leader Dog campus and I am so grateful for your organization. I came to Leader Dog a broken person—I left an independent person again!

You have some of the best staff, instructors, puppy raisers and veterinarians I have ever encountered. I owe you... not just for the courage to go again without my sight, but for giving my life back to me with this beautiful dog Bailey."

Jonelle Bray

You Can Make a Difference

We receive no government funding or insurance money. Our mission is only possible with the donations of generous supporters like you.

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