Guide Dogs for the Blind

General Information

Guide Dogs for the Blind
350 Los Ranchitos Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499 4000

Brief Description

Guide Dogs for the Blind also has special programs for children who are blind (Camp GDB, Lifestyles Workshops, K9 Buddy Program).

Services Offered

  • Counseling
    • Provides support services after graduation to alumni via phone or home visits.

  • Professional Training
    • Offers orientation and mobility seminars for continuing education units to O&M professionals. Trains own instructors.

      Offers seminars in communities around the US and Canada to assist O&M specialists in their work with people who are visually impaired.

      Offer a free resource library of videos on our website for O&M professionals to learn more about guide dog travel.

      O&M Professional Services webpage

  • Dog Guide Training
    • Creates partnerships between skilled mobility dogs and people who are blind to improve quality of life.

  • Advocacy
    • Provides guidance to alumni addressing issues surrounding blindness and guide dog use.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation & Mobility Immersion Program: Our week long program is designed to develop those O&M skills most relevant to guide dog mobility. Students will work with specially trained O&M specialists at one of our partner organizations and will be instructed on various techniques such as:

      -Increasing awareness of the environmental information available to a guide dog traveler.

      -Developing an understanding of how to use auditory information like traffic sounds to remain oriented and to achieve correct alignment during general travel and street crossings.

      -Using auditory information to analyze different types of intersections and determine the best time to initiate street crossings.

      -Developing the ability to estimate the distance walked relative to the time taken (time-distance estimation).

      Students will also participate in exercises to help simulate travel with a guide dog (Juno exercises) and learn to apply their sensory awareness and travel skills in a practical way. First time students will get to participate in Juno exercises with a guide dog instructor followed by an experience walk with a guide dog on the same route.

      O&M Immersion Program webpage

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Guide Dog Lifestyle Workshops introduce you to the unique benefits and responsibilities of working and living with a guide dog. You will gain information through discussion and hands-on experiences. You will leave with the ability to make an informed decision as to whether or not a guide dog is a viable mobility choice for you. These workshops are hosted on our California and Oregon campuses throughout the year.

      GDB Lifestyle Workshop webpage