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Collaboration Events

Collaboration Events are an opportunity to spotlight other organizations within the blindness and low vision field to learn about the services they provide. While Leader Dog has many programs and services to offer, there are numerous other organizations that can be of great benefit to many. These events are held the last Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m. EST and are open to anyone.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Below, you can find recordings of all the Collaboration Events that have taken place so far, starting with the most recent.

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

A.T. Guys

A.T. Guys is your home for cool gadgets, accessories, and more. Their products are all tested to work great for blind and visually impaired users but also work just as well for anyone. A.T. Guys are happy to answer any questions or recommend products to fit your needs.

OrCam

OrCam’s mission is to harness the power of artificial vision by incorporating pioneering technology into wearable platforms which improve the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired, and have difficulties reading. During this video OrCam will share both the Read and MyEye devices.

Mississippi State University’s National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision

Mississippi State University's National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision shared about the free and exciting career resources for people who are blind or visually impaired as well as opportunities to earn free CEU's from ACVREP, CRC and NBPCB.

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) shares the history of IAADP in the assistance dog community, membership benefits and an explanation of current and past advocacy efforts and what the future holds for the organization.

Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind

The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind shares the programs and services they offer, including a deep dive into their low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Scherer provides an overview of low vision rehabilitation, discussing who can benefit, what it is and how to get it.  

Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind

Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind is a comprehensive, home delivery pharmacy service specializing in the needs of people who are blind, DeafBlind and have low vision. Learn why the company was created and what makes them unique.  

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a brief description of their three branches: Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration and National Cemetery Administration. They discuss VA Blind Rehabilitation Services programs, their collaboration with accredited guide dog organizations like Leader Dog, and explain veterinary care coverage benefit for veterans with certified guide dogs.  

San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind

The San Antonio Lighthouse shares how they have been innovative throughout the last year and are now providing nationwide services including over the phone counseling, services for caregivers and ways in which other professionals can collaborate. 

Humanware

Humanware discusses how you can best utilize electronic navigation aids like the Victor Reader Trek to increase awareness and efficiency when traveling. They outline the appropriate way to introduce GPS technology to someone who is new to vision loss, as well as how electronic navigation aids can benefit seasoned travelers want to further augment their traditional orientation and mobility skillset. 

World Services for the Blind

World Services for the Blind discusses the career training programs they have to offer. During the presentation they also share the scholarship opportunities available to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and need training in independent living skills.

Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind discusses how Career Launch, their new, innovative job training and acquisition program, helps young adults get the skills and support they need to break through barriers and find careers they love. 

Eye2Eye

Eye2Eye Peer Support Program shares a brief description of their services, which include emotional support, resources and referrals. This free, phone-based peer support program is designed to assist adults who are blind or visually impaired and their families.

Computers for the Blind

Computers for the Blind is a nonprofit that refurbishes donated computers, adds accessibility software and then sells the computers to people with visual impairments at an affordable price. They discuss a short history, where they are today, and then jump right into how to get a computer and available training.  

American Council for the Blind (ACB)

ACB gives a brief organizational overview and then focuses on their very popular Community events which are held seven days a week including holidays. These Zoom events are open to everyone regardless of membership in ACB. 

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired shares the history of their organization along with the research they have done over the past three years. Hadley takes the time to outline some best practices in online education and will give a brief demo of their newly developed website and its creative accessibility features and exciting new content.  

Non-24

Non-24 is a circadian rhythm disorder. Your circadian rhythms are controlled by your master body clock and tell you when to sleep, when to wake, when to eat, among other things. Though Non-24 may appear to be a sleep disorder, it isn't. It's a serious, chronic circadian rhythm disorder very common in people who are totally blind, and it can arise at any age. Learn about what resources are available for those who have Non-24.

American Printing House (APH)

The American Printing House shares an overview of the APH mission. They also discuss the accessible services and products they have available to ensure accessibility for individuals living with blindness or visual impairments.