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Blind Rehab Professionals

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.

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.

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    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.

    Making a Guide Dog Application Video for Leader Dog

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    Getting ready to apply for training at Leader Dog? Leader Dog requires a video with your application to find out more about your mobility skills and prep the best training for each applicant. View a sample application video and learn what is important to include and some tips and tricks for the videographer.

    Juno Walks: What Are They and How to Provide Them

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    Do you have a student or client you're helping prepare for a guide dog? Would you like to perform a Juno walk but are unsure as to the best way or what materials to use? Participants will learn what a Juno walk is and how to perform one to assist their clients in preparing for a guide dog. This course offers .5 ACVREP continuing education credit.

    Outside of the Box O&M

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    The O&M team at Leader Dog shares some new outside of the box activities that have been implemented into O&M lessons, Summer Experience Camp and Virtual Summer Experience Camp. Participants will learn some activities that were a hit and some that could use some work. Additionally, have fun while participating in a virtual escape room. This course offers .75 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.

    Leader Dogs for the Blind’s Approach to O&M

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    Orientation and mobility training at Leader Dog is very different from most O&M models. The weeklong program takes place on the Leader Dog campus in Rochester Hills, MI and is designed to improve clients’ skills in a shortened timeframe. Participants will learn about the program, what skills are covered and who would make a good candidate for the training. 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.

    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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