Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes image Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally-accredited, nonprofit guide dog school established in 1954, dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity.

From college to marriage to the workplace to kids’ soccer games, our graduates reach new heights with their Guiding Eyes dogs by their sides. Our family of professionals, volunteers and donors are all committed to giving our students the gift of greater personal freedom, independence and dignity by providing them with the finest bred and trained guide dogs in the world. Our students come from across the United States and around the world.

Our Residential Training Program in Yorktown, New York, provides a 26-day course held 11 times a year, where students are trained with their new dogs in rural, suburban and urban settings. We maintain small class sizes with highly individualized instruction: a typical class has 12 students with a supervisor and two instructors. We also provide a 15-day, Accelerated Client Training Option for experienced guide dog users.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind was the first guide dog school to establish a dedicated Special Needs Program. Since the program’s inception in 1990, we have successfully graduated blind individuals who have, in addition to blindness, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, balance problems, and hearing impairments, including individuals who are Deaf-Blind and communicate by American Sign Language. With only two students per class, individuals receive extensive, personal training with their dogs, who themselves have undergone a minimum of six months training.

In 2008, Heeling Autism service dogs began providing safety and companionship for children with autism. Our dogs have exceeded our expectations, and more importantly, in countless ways, those of the families that we serve. The program’s outcomes are tangible, and evoke hope for these special children’s futures.

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The Seventh District Association is proud to count Guiding Eyes for the Blind among our donation beneficiaries.