Guide Dogs for the Blind 101
A webinar to explore GDB's client programs.
Get the facts straight from the dog’s mouth about the programs and services offered by Guide Dogs for the Blind.
These 90-minute webinars are intended to educate individuals who are blind or visually impaired, family members/friends, and blindness professionals about the programs and services we offer.Topics include:
- Guide dog mobility, Orientation and Mobility Immersion, K9 Buddy, and youth programs overview.
- Tips for determining which program(s) best suits your needs.
- Applying for services best-practices.
- Program follow-up services and Alumni Association.
Interested? Wag this way! Webinar dates and times are below.
Note: All sessions are held in Pacific time.
- December 12th 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
- January 10th 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
- April 3rd 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
- August 21st 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
- November 13th 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
How to Register for Guide Dogs for the Blind 101
RSVP to attend Guide Dogs for the Blind 101 Webinars, and be sure to include the specific webinar date you would like to attend.
To register, email Jake Koch at: [email protected]
Guide Dogs for the Blind 101 Webinars are held via Zoom. The Zoom connection information will be emailed to attendees one to two days before each webinar.
Questions? Get in touch by emailing Jake Koch at [email protected] or by calling 1 (800) 295 4050.
Meet the Presenters
Jake’s role at Guide Dogs for the Blind includes facilitating educational opportunities about the guide dog lifestyle to people who are blind or visually impaired and blindness professionals. He also consults with agencies and businesses about accessibility best-practices for people who are blind or visually impaired and supports corporate and service organization giving/philanthropy efforts for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
In addition to Jake’s work with Guide Dogs for the Blind, he serves on the Disability Advisory Board with Alaska Airlines. This interdisciplinary board of experts is tasked with providing airline executives and staff with current best practices for serving travelers with disabilities.
Jake graduated with honors from Eastern Washington University, where he majored in Public Relations and minored in Journalism and Organizational Leadership.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, playing musical instruments (drums and ukulele), and spending time with family and friends.
Jane Flower worked with older adults in the field of low-vision for over 12 years before taking her position at Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2013. Her previous role as Program Supervisor with Dayle McIntosh Center’s Aging with Vision Loss Program in Southern California afforded her the opportunity to share her personal and professional knowledge on such topics as Daily Living Skills, Assistive Technology, Braille Reading and Writing, and Self-Advocacy Training. Jane was born legally blind, and at the age of 8 was diagnosed with a retinal degenerative eye disease called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). Because of her personal life experience with vision loss, she was also able to provide peer support to the older adults she assisted.
Jane received her current and third Guide Dog Pilaf in November of 2017. In her current role as Youth Outreach Specialist, she and pilaf travel throughout the U.S. and Canada sharing the mission and vision of Guide Dogs for the Blind to perspective clients and their families, and professionals in the field of blindness and low vision. Outside of work, Jane and her husband Wayne live with her retired guide dog Anya, their pet dog KC, and of course little Pilaf. They love to travel, hike, go for long walks with their dogs, camping, and spend time with friends and family.