Professional and University Opportunities
We offer free O&M seminars to help educate current orientation & mobility professionals on the use of guide dogs and more. These seminars and programs broaden the reach of Leader Dog and increase the resources available to both students and practicing O&M professionals.
Free O&M Professional Seminar – In Person
Join us to learn more about specialized O&M techniques, GPS, guide dogs and how you can help your clients become guide dog ready. Get hands-on experience with orientation aids, DeafBlind simulations, guide dog practice and more. Time will be provided for Q&A, group discussion, networking, and several added activities to enhance your learning experience.
Room and board are provided on Leader Dog's campus. Attendees are responsible only for providing their own transportation to/from Michigan.
Pro Seminar: May 28–31, 2024
May 28 – arrivals after 5 p.m. (dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.)
May 29 – Seminar Day 1 (7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
May 30 – Seminar Day 2 (7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)*
Departures can be scheduled after 4 p.m. on May 30 or before noon on May 31. If flying please schedule flights for 7 p.m. or later on May 30.
Approximately 14 ACVREP CEUs are available for the in-person seminar.
Please note participants are required to complete the virtual learning sessions listed below prior to registration. This adds an additional 2.75 ACVREP CEUs.
- Guide Dog Readiness for Professionals
- Juno Walks: What are they and how to provide them for your clients?
- Orientation of Guide Dog Users
- A Practical Guide to GPS Lesson Planning
- Programs Overview for Professionals
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Orientation and Mobility Practicum
Students in graduate-level programs from participating universities receive hands-on teaching experience working with individuals who are visually impaired and need orientation and mobility skills in the one-week Orientation & Mobility program.
Orientation and Mobility Internship
Offered through the Edward T. and Ellen K. Dryer Foundation Orientation and Mobility Internship Academy, an O&M internship at Leader Dog will truly prepare the intern for a career as an orientation & mobility specialist. Throughout the internship process, the intern will have a multitude of teaching and learning experiences. Learn more about our O&M internships.