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Resources for Blindness Professionals

Partners for Independent Travel

A group of students with white canes and their teachers seated in front of a Guide Dogs for the Blind logo sign. A group of students with white canes and their teachers seated in front of a Guide Dogs for the Blind logo sign.

At Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) we are proud to partner with professionals in the field of blindness, including: 

  • Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Independent Living Skills (ILS) Instructors 
  • Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TVI)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC)
  • Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (VRT)
  • Rehabilitation Techs or Teachers (RT)
  • Assistive Technology (AT) Specialists
  • Brailleists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Optometrists, and more! 

Your services are an essential part of preparing individuals who are blind or visually impaired to be successfully partnered with a guide dog. We thank you for serving as our ambassadors, and for providing the critical skills that create the foundation for the enhanced independence, mobility, and inclusion that go along with the guide dog lifestyle.

Is Your Student/Client Ready for a Guide Dog?

Typically, candidates for working with a guide dog must demonstrate the following:

  • Safe, independent travel to purposeful destinations
  • A genuine need for a guide dog to enhance independent travel
  • The desire to have the companionship of a guide dog
  • The ability to care for a dog
  • A safe and supportive home environment

Check out our resources below to learn more on guide dog readiness, and free GDB programs that could be good options for your students/clients on their journeys to the guide dog lifestyle. 

Review our readiness checklist to see if your student/client is a good candidate for a guide dog.

Guide Dog Readiness Checklist

Learn about or refer someone to our free Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Immersion Program.

O&M Immersion Program

Check out our programs for your young students/clients to learn about GDB.

Youth and Young Adult Programs

Join us or refer your students/clients to our virtual learning series of webinars.

Guide Dogs for the Blind 101

Free Seminars for Orientation & Mobility Specialists

Guide Dogs for the Blind offers free seminars to teach Orientation & Mobility Specialists how to help prepare your clients for the guide dog lifestyle. Please plan to join us! Learn more at the link below. 

Video Resources for Blindness Professionals

Guide Dogs for the Blind has a series of videos that could be helpful to blindness professionals in order to assist your students or clients in preparing for the guide dog lifestyle, or to assist students or clients already working with a guide dog. Please check them out at the links below. 

Contact Us

If you're a professional working in the field of blindness and want to learn more about Guide Dogs for the Blind and our programs, please contact us!