With that in mind, I thought it would be a great idea to round up some Guide Dog related resources. These are not school-specific, so enjoy the list.
Guide Dog Access Laws
First up, GDB has a list of laws and sample letters pertaining to guide dog access. This is a great way to get info about guide dog laws in your state.
Below please find a list of guide dog resources from the National Federation of the Blind and other sources.
National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU)
President: Marion Gwizdala
1003 Papaya Drive
Tampa, FL 33619
Hotline: 888-NAGDU411 (888-624-3841)
Mailing List: nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nagdu_nfbnet.org
Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI)
GDUI has resources related to Guide Dogs as well. Some of these resources include: Emailing lists such as a GDUI Business list, an announce list, and a chat list.
Guide Dog Schools by State
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Incorporated
Guide Dogs of America
Guide Dogs of the Desert
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc.
Southeastern Guide Dogs, Incorporated
Kansas Specialty Dog Service, Inc.
124 W. 7th St.
Washington, KS 66968
Leader Dogs for the Blind
1039 South Rochester Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307-3115
Toll Free: 888-777-5332
TTY Telephone: 248-651-3713
Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center
P.O. Box 16828
Jackson, MS 39236
Noah’s Dogs of Nebraska
The Seeing Eye, Incorporated
Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Incorporated
Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Incorporated
Pilot Dogs, Incorporated
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Incorporated
Guide Dogs of Texas, Incorporated
1503 Allena Drive
San Antonio, TX 78213
Toll Free: 800-831-9231
Custom Canines Service Dog Academy
OccuPaws Guide Dog Association
Independence Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs of Hawaii
Eye of the Pacific Guide Dogs and Mobility Services, Inc.
747 Amana St., #407
Honolulu, HI 96814
International Travel Working Group for Recognised Assistance Dogs.
This site is specific to the UK, and has advice for people traveling to the UK. They also have general advice for traveling with a guide dog linked to above. You will also find a handy international travel checklist in PDF format to help you dot those I’s and cross those t’s.
Purchase Stuff for your Pup
Here’s a list of various web stores where you can buy all the guide dog gear you could ever want! 🐕🦺
Welcome to the GDB Shop
Some featured products are:
GuideLights And Gadgets.
They will be at the GDB reunion to meet you.
All products we sell, we have personally evaluated for accessibility and usability for people who are blind or visually impaired. In the case of products for guide and service dogs, our own two guides, Thor and Melody, are engaged in the process of evaluating the usefulness and/or fun of the product.
WE WANT EACH OF OUR PRODUCTS TO BE USEFUL, ACCESSIBLE, AND, WHENEVER POSSIBLE, FUN! Our inventory is constantly changing, so a visit to us is never the same experience twice!
Here is a sample of what you’ll find here:
- $20 Hand-made AIRPORT LEASHES can get your dog through Security checkpoints without a pat-down;
- $11 FUR LIFTERS, an essential tool for removing loose fur from the floor of a car, carpeted stairs or any other small area that is hard to reach with a vacuum.
- Extra Large Notetaker Waist Pack; $35.00 This will hold a U2 and has compartments for cell phone, wallet, keys, and papers. The largest pack I have found in several years of searching.
- 50,000 MAH “Harmonica” Power Bank; very small; will charge your phone between 8 and 12 times without needing to be re-charged — $50.00.
- “Sparking” Roller Ball Cane Tip; this hook tip that fits Ambutech canes has a small friction generator that causes the tip to spark as it rolls along the ground, making it possible to be seen at night; sparking mechanism appears to last about as long as the tip itself – $35.00;
Remember, we want to meet you and conduct business with you directly. Visit us at upcoming conferences and conventions or call us for assistance in finding just the right product for you, or your guide or service dog. We are here to help, and offer hundreds of accessible electronic items, leather products, and dog supplies & toys!
We can be reached by phone between the hours of 9am and 7pm , as follows:
For “GuideLights” Dog Products, contact Kae at 781-286-1696 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For “Gadgets” Products, contact Barry at 617-969-7500 or email at email@example.com
Time to Go!
Well, looking at all this great guide dog gear really makes me want to go outside and… “Hey! Gimme back my keyboard!” Sorry folks, my wife’s guide dog Keats, wanted to steal the show, and the credit card for a quick second. Not so fast buddy! 🍖
Anyway, hope this short list of resources is helpful. Until next time…