Leader Dog Will Offer Orientation and Mobility Services for Center for Sight & Hearing Clients. Leader Dogs for the Blind empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel, opening doors that may seem to have closed with the loss of sight.
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., Leader Dogs for the Blind, in partnership with Center for Sight & Hearing, will now assist Illinoisans through orientation and mobility (O&M) training.
The Center for Sight & Hearing is a result of 52 local Lions Clubs who dreamed up the facility in the 1950s – that came to fruition in 1962. Today, Lions Clubs across the country support the Leader Dogs for the Blind. Not only do Illinois Lions support Leader Dog, the previous Illinois District 1-D Governor Fred Peska was an avid supporter, which led to the Leader Dog and Center for Sight & Hearing partnership.
“Leader Dog is excited to begin a partnership with the Center for Sight & Hearing,” said Sue Daniels, President and CEO of Leader Dog. “Its cause aligns with the Leader Dog mission so well, as we both wish to provide independence for those who are blind or have low vision.”
“Being able to offer our clients Leader Dog’s O&M services will allow them to continue to reach new heights,” said Diane Jones, President of Center for Sight & Hearing. “We help our clients achieve everything from employment to simply travel outside of their homes, and O&M will be another rewarding option for them to accomplish all their goals.”
O&M training empowers individuals who are blind with the skills needed to travel safely using a white cane in a much shorter timeframe than traditional O&M programs.The one-on-one instruction is tailored to each person’s capabilities allowing for individual needs to be met.Training includes using a white cane, utilizing a human guide, using orientation skills and cardinal directions, problem solving along the route, crossing both narrow and wide streets safely, re-orientating, shopping and soliciting assistance when needed.
Leader Dog’s presence in Illinois to date includes 36 graduated O&M clients and over 560 clients who have been partnered with a Leader Dog……..
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