NFB learns about guide dog variants

Posted 6/3/18

The Southeast Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind met in May with guest speaker Jenine Stanley, outreach coordinator for the Guide Dog Foundation for the blind in Smithtown, New York. …

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NFB learns about guide dog variants

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The Southeast Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind met in May with guest speaker Jenine Stanley, outreach coordinator for the Guide Dog Foundation for the blind in Smithtown, New York. Stanley spoke about the application process, which includes submitting an online application and the necessary forms to complete and return. The application process also includes a video clip of your routine routes along with two phone interviews. Once the foundation and the lighthouse guild have reviewed the application, the applicant is notified of acceptance status. Upon accepted, a guide dog match is trained. The recipient is then given class dates to attend the Guide Dog school for two weeks in Smithtown, New York.

Stanley also talked about the skills needed before applying for a guide dog, the differences in guide dogs, service dogs, emotional support animals and dogs for PTSD, along with the ADA rules and regulations for each category. She discussed the pros and cons of a guide dog versus a white cane and the puppy raising/training process. If you would like more information on the Guide Dog foundation for the blind or America’s vet dogs, please visit www.guidedogs.org. 

The South East Chapter is an active social, support and advocacy group supporting the blind and visually impaired of Bradley County and surrounding areas. Its next meeting is Monday, June 11, at the Cleveland Public Library, located at 795 Church St. in the Carmichael Room (second floor) from 1-3 p.m. This meeting will see the members have their annual yearly elections and plan for the upcoming year. The organization’s next activity is Monday, June 18, at Leisure Time Bowling, located at 2739 Keith St. N.W., from 1:30-4 p.m. Please bring money for bowling and snack bar. Members get shoes and two games for $6. If you know anyone who is blind or visually impaired, please invite them to come out and join the support group. If you have any questions, please call Christy at 423-665-2954 or send an email to secnfb@gmail.com. 

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