Virtual Learning

Leader Dog's virtual learning opportunities are a resource for everyone, whether you're thinking about applying for services or already have, you've graduated from a Leader Dog program, or you're a family member or friend of someone who is visually impaired.

Choose from the categories of videos below that most interest you. You'll notice that some of the learning options are available and apply to multiple groups. We do ask that you complete the registration and follow-up surveys where applicable. It's a huge help to us as we look to improve these resources with your feedback.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the virtual learning options or would like to learn more about a topic, please email Leslie Hoskins or give her a call at 248-650-7104.

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Prospective Clients

What is O&M?

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Have you heard the term "O&M" but have no idea what it means? Learn about orientation and mobility (also known as white cane training) and about Leader Dog's unique approach to white cane training.

Guide Dog Readiness

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Are you ready for a guide dog? Learn from our certified orientation and mobility specialists and guide dog mobility instructors about strategies to prepare yourself and decide if now is the right time for a guide dog.

Client Testimonials

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Hear from Leader Dog graduates about their experiences during training at Leader Dog. Three graduates will discuss why they wish they would have attended sooner!

Campus Tour

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Are you thinking about coming to training at Leader Dogs for the Blind and want to learn more about campus? Check out this video to learn more about the wonderful accommodations and what to expect on campus.

Accessible Pedestrian Signals

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Ever wondered what those beeping poles are at intersections and/or how they work? Learn what Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) are and what they are not, how they can assist with orientation and mobility, and how to request an APS in your area (download sample letter).

Graduates

Family and Friends

Preparing Your Home for a Guide Dog

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Are you preparing for your friend or family member to bring home a Leader Dog? Learn what you can do to help with this transition. It's important not only that everyone behaves appropriately but also critical to make sure the home environment is ready and safe for a dog.

Supporting a Leader Dog Client After Training

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Find out how you can be supportive and help your family member or friend after they participate in a Leader Dog program. This presentation outlines what to expect when training is complete, transitioning to the home environment, when to offer assistance and more.

What is O&M?

Image of PowerPoint slide showing a photo of a young woman walking down a downtown sidewalk on a sunny day with a white cane. Title above the photo says How Does the Cane Work?

Have you heard the term "O&M" but have no idea what it means? Learn about orientation and mobility (also known as white cane training) and about Leader Dog's unique approach to white cane training.

Client Testimonials

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Here clients will share their Leader Dog training stories in hopes of encouraging others. Three clients will express their sentiments towards Leader Dog and how they only wish they would have attended training sooner!

Family Testimonials

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Family members and friends are sometimes nervous when their loved one leaves for training. These stories will help ease your nerves and get you excited about the life-changing experience your family member or friend is going to have!

Campus Tour

Arial drone image of the front of the canine dvelopment center on Leader Dog's campus.

Check out the Leader Dog campus and where people stay during training! Here you will get an inside look at the canine development center, including the vet clinic, canine villages, puppy area and more, and the residence building.

Blind Rehab Professionals

We offer educational seminars for rehabilitation professionals, including certified orientation and mobility specialists wanting to learn more about guide dogs, technology and all that we have to offer at Leader Dog. Some of our learning modules for professionals will earn you continuing education credits through ACVREP.

Guide Dog Readiness for Professionals

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In this course, learn how you can help prepare a client and set realistic expectations for a guide dog. Here we discuss the International Guide Dog Federation Standards and how to recognize if a client is ready for a guide dog. Guide Dog Readiness offers 1 ACVREP continuing education credit.

A Practical Guide to GPS Lesson Planning

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Participants learn how to incorporate GPS technology into O&M lessons. We share tips and tricks used during our Summer Experience Camp to keep clients engaged and motivated. Strategies for both individual and group lessons are presented. This course offers .75 ACVREP continuing education credit.

Overview of Programs and Services

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Learn about everything that Leader Dog has to offer. This video provides full explanations of our Orientation and Mobility Training program, Guide Dog training program and Summer Experience Camp for teens. This content does not offer continuing education credits.

Overview of Deaf-Blind Guide Dog Training Program

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Here participants will learn about Leader Dogs for the Blinds Deaf-Blind program including client qualifications and strategies used for training. This course offers .5 ACVREP continuing education credit.

Orientation of Guide Dog Users

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Participants will learn about working with clients who have a guide dog and how to assist individuals orienting to new environments. Interacting with guide dogs, patterning and suggestions on when to use a cane are all discussed. This course offers .5 ACVREP continuing education credit.

Collaboration Events

Collaboration Events are an opportunity to spotlight other organizations within the blindness and low vision field to learn about additional available resources. While Leader Dog has many programs and services to offer, we are not alone and there are numerous other organizations that could be of great benefit to our contacts. These events are held the last Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m. EST and are open to anyone.

Get your invite to upcoming Collaboration Events.