Family and Friends

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.

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?

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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.

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

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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.

Programs and Services FAQs

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Do you have some questions about Leader Dog and our programs and services? We've taken some of our most frequently asked questions and had our experts answer them! If you have additional questions please send them our way and we'll be happy to answer them for you!

When is it Time to Consider Using a White Cane?

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How do you know when it's the right time to get a white cane? Where do you get a white cane and how do you learn how to use it? During this short presentation you will learn the history of the white cane and how or when to get started.

Making an Application Video for Leader Dog

A woman with a white cane crosses a street on a brick crosswalk. There is traffic in the street behind her.

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.

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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Alumni Hour

Alumni Hour is an exclusive space for Leader Dog graduates and incoming clients to connect and share experiences. A guide dog mobility instructor and certified orientation and mobility specialist will be present to discuss new topics and get feedback from this exclusive group. Please join the live Zoom meeting the first Wednesday of every month. If you have not received an email invitation, please email Leslie Hoskins or call her at 248-650-7104 to get on the list.

Alumni Facebook Group

Haven't joined the Leader Dogs for the Blind Alumni group on Facebook yet? This group is for Leader Dog graduates and incoming clients to meet, share thoughts and stories, and support each other. We share important announcements and news from Leader Dog for our clients here as well. You can find the Facebook group here.

Preparing Your Home for a Guide Dog

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Are you getting ready to bring home a Leader Dog? Learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your home.

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.

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.

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).

Light Up Leader Dog

Join us this holiday season as we Light Up Leader Dog! For a $10 donation, a luminary will be placed in your honor on Leader Dog's campus on the evening of December 11, 2021.