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Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/18/2014: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: GUIDE DOG FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND INC

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Smithtown, NY
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Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/18/2014: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: GUIDE DOG FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND INC

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Also Known As: Guide Dog Foundation
Physical Address: Smithtown, NY 11787 
EIN: 11-1687477
Web URL: www.guidedog.org 
NTEE Category: E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E60 Health Support Services
D Animal related
D61 Animal Training, Behavior
Ruling Year: 1950 


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Mission Statement

The Guide Dog Foundation was established to improve the quality of life for people who are blind, visually impaired, or with other special needs through the provision of assistance dogs (guide and service). Guide dogs help people with visual disabilities. Service dogs are specially trained to help people with disabilities other than blindness and include service, therapy, facility, and companion dogs. The Guide Dog Foundation improves our consumers' lives by providing people who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise disabled with increased mobility, independence, and companionship. From the study Guide Dogs and the Visually Impaired: A Study of Trends, Usage, and Attributes of Guide Dog Users, conducted by Wedewer Research and Counsel: When asked to rate a list of benefits, the top two responses by participants were ""moving around with more confidence"" and companionship (82% each). Other benefits to having a guide dog included getting around faster (77%), getting around with fewer accidents (76%), getting around more accurately (74%), being less dependent on others to get around (73%), and feeling safer at home and on the streets (67%).

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Mr. Wells B. Jones

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Since Nov 1989

Profile:

Wells Jones has more than 35 years' experience in national and regional not-for-profit management. Since 1989, he has served as chief executive officer of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., and as president and CEO of America's VetDogs since 2006. From the agency's Smithtown, Long Island, New York, headquarters, Jones has implemented innovative development and program strategies that have seen the organization experience tremendous growth in both charitable revenue generated and numbers of blind and visually impaired individuals served. Jones's dedicated desire to optimize donated dollars and keep fundraising costs low was recently recognized by Reader's Digest, naming the Foundation the number one charity in the nation that serves individuals with disabilities. Under his leadership, the Guide Dog Foundation undertook a major capital expansion in 2002, which culminated with the construction of a new training center, complete with a state-of-the-art kennel, as well as a newly designed student residence hall. Jones's vision of development is evident with the creation of America's VetDogs, to expand the Guide Dog Foundation's outreach to disabled veterans and active service members. With Jones's strong leadership and innovative initiatives, the Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs will continue to develop new programs to meet the growing needs of people with disabilities.

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Program: Provision of guide dogs (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

Guide dogs help blind or visually impaired people get around in the world. To do this, a guide dog must know how to Keep on a direct route ignoring all distractions such as smells, other animals and peopleMaintain a steady paceStop at all curbs until told to proceedTurn left and right, move forward and stop on commandRecognize and avoid obstacles that the handler won't be able to fit through (narrow passages and low overheads)Stop at the bottom and top of stairs until told to proceedBring the handler to elevator buttonsLie quietly when the handler is sittingHelp the handler to board and move around buses, subways and all forms of public transportationObey a number of verbal commands Additionally, a guide dog must know to disobey any command that would put the handler in danger. This ability, called intelligent disobedience, is perhaps the most amazing thing about guide dogs; that they can balance obedience with their own assessment of the situation.

Program Long-Term Success:

Freedom is precious to Americans. With their assistance dogs by their side a person with a disability no longer needs to ask for help them with daily tasks many people take for granted.The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind assists people to overcome their unique challenges and remain safely mobile and independent.

Program Short-Term Success:

For FY 2014, our goal is to train and place 80 guide dogs and 40 service dogs. During our FY 2014, thousands of people including disabled Americans, veterans, and active military will be directly impacted through the Guide Dog Foundation. This includes people partnering with guide or service dogs, servicemen and women at military hospitals and VA centers for physical and occupational therapy, and persons benefiting from therapy and facility dogs.

Program Success Monitored by:

Our overall measure of the services provided by the Guide Dog Foundation is not just the number of dogs placed as guide or assistance dogs, but also the impact that our dogs have on the safety and independence of a blind or otherwise disabled person's life. To ensure the success of our training and placement, evaluation of the services provided by the Foundation occurs throughout the process of breeding, raising, training, and placing our dogs. The Guide Dog Foundation strives to keep our ""successful placement rate"" (dogs that remain paired with their handler two years post-graduation) at 90% or higher—a number higher than the norm for other guide dog schools. All graduates receive a lifetime of aftercare that includes follow-up visits with trainers in the field, or additional facility training as necessary.

Program Success Examples:

The Guide Dog Foundation improves our consumers' lives by providing people who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise disabled with increased mobility, independence, and companionship. From the study Guide Dogs and the Visually Impaired: A Study of Trends, Usage, and Attributes of Guide Dog Users, conducted by Wedewer Research and Counsel: When asked to rate a list of benefits, the top two responses by participants were ""moving around with more confidence"" and companionship (82% each). Other benefits to having a guide dog included getting around faster (77%), getting around with fewer accidents (76%), getting around more accurately (74%), being less dependent on others to get around (73%), and feeling safer at home and on the streets (67%).

Program: Provision of service dogs (GuideStar Exchange,
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Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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Program Description:

Service dogs help increase the mobility and independence of a person with a disability other than visual. Our service dogs are placed with veterans only through our sister organization, America's VetDogs - The Veteran's K-9 Corps, free of charge. Certified staff trainers meticulously match the appropriate dog to the appropriate applicant, then individually train the dog to mitigate the specific disability/disabilities of the new owner. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal must be individually trained to do work or perform tasks of benefit to a disabled individual in order to be legally elevated from pet status to service animal status. It is the specially trained tasks or work performed on command or cue that legally exempts a service dog [service animal] and his disabled handler from the ""No Pets Allowed"" policies of stores, restaurants and other places of public accommodation under the ADA.

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US Army 1st Lt. Melissa Stockwell (Ret.) is an America's VetDogs graduate. She says of her service dog, "When I get home after a long day and take my prosthetic leg off, he can bring me my crutches. He can help me up if I fall and climb stairs without a handrail. Jake has made my life so much better. He brings me so much joy and I am so thankful for all his companionship and all he has added to my life." Today, Ms. Stockwell is a sought-after motivational speaker and has appreared on national TV, on multiple magazine covers, and was invited to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential library in Dallas, Texas. She is also a competitive swimmer who competed on the US team in the 2008 Summer Paralympics. Melissa is now a three-time paratriahlon world champion in the TRI2 division as a member of the US paratriathlon national team.

Program: Provision of therapy dogs (GuideStar Exchange,
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Population Served:
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Program Description:

Therapy dogs are trained to provide assistance or therapeutic support for wounded warriors at military or VA hospitals. Under the supervision of a physical or occupational therapist these dogs work with a variety of patients with a multitude of serious injuries both physical and mental. Reaching 150 to 250 patients a week, a therapy dog may help a soldier walk on prosthetic legs by providing balance, open a door for a veteran who uses a wheelchair or provide emotional support so a wounded warrior can heal both physically and mentally. Therapy dogs also make visits to VA nursing homes and hospices.

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Program Description:

Advocacy and education are important components of our mission to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

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Program: Prison Puppy Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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Program Description:

In the Prison Puppy Programs, specially selected inmates, many of whom are veterans who served our country honorably, raise our puppies to become assistance dogs who will be placed with our nation's veterans with disabilities. The inmates, along with volunteer puppy raisers who take the puppies home each weekend, teach basic obedience along with some service-based skills such as fetch and retrieval, opening and closing doors and balance support. We now have active programs in 11 prisons throughout Massachusetts, Maryland and most recently at Enfield Correctional Institution in Enfield, Connecticut. Our Prison Puppy Programs have been vital in our efforts to build capacity to train and place our dogs with wounded American heroes of all eras. Research shows that prison-raised dogs tend to have higher success rates than those that are home-raised; inmates are able to provide more consistent training at a higher level simply because of the amount of time they are able to devote to the pups in training.

Program Long-Term Success:

Through our Prison Puppy Programs, our nation's heroes receive skilled assistance dogs, specially trained to perform tasks specific to the individual's needs and disabilities. Inmate handlers are provided with skills they can use in their post-release employment as well as an opportunity to give back to society in a meaningful way. Prisons benefit from a positive shift in attitude and atmosphere, truly making this program a win-win-win for all involved.

Program Short-Term Success:

As a result of our focus on new training methods in prisons, which include teaching the dogs basic service dog tasks, once they "graduate" from the prison program and return to our campus, the advanced training time our staff needs to produce a successful assistance dog can be reduced by 50% (from 6 months to 2 - 3 months), thus allowing us to place the dogs with our veteran applicants are a faster rate.

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"This is one of the most significant restorative justice projects I have ever been involved with. To have inmates - including incarcerated veterans - doing something this meaningful is beyond words.", says Gary Maynard, Secretary of Maryland's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. "I am so honored to be a part of this and so proud to know that what we are doing here will help a veteran. It feels so good to know that we can give back and do something to help men and women that are coming back with so many problems. This is just a small way I can redeem myself.", says Hazard Wilson, America's VetDogs inmate trainer.
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As the only assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International, the two international regulatory bodies that certify guide and service dog schools on a voluntary basis, we have discovered how guide and service dog training can compliment each other. Our guide dogs can now provide additional skills such as balance and stability for our blind recipients who may develop additional mobility problems as they age. And for our service dogs, guiding skills such as ""intelligent disobedience"" can be taught so a disabled veteran with traumatic brain injuries and cognitive problems will feel safe crossing a street or encountering a danger. Each day is a new challenge as we serve people with disabilities. The Guide Dog Foundation has over 750 active graduate/assistance dog teams with over 200 dogs placed with disabled veterans. We have also placed 8 combat stress control dogs and 11 military service dogs through America's VetDogs. Today we are faced with increased demands for our specially trained dogs as the number of people with legal blindness and other disabilities grows. In Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013, we successfully placed 237 dogs with people with disabilities thanks to our donors' generosity. Our goal for FY 2014 is to place 80 guide dog teams, 40 service dog teams and breed over 300 puppies. During our FY 2014, thousands of people including disabled Americans, veterans and active military will be directly impacted through the Guide Dog Foundation. This includes people partnering with guide and service dogs, servicemen and women at military hospitals and VA centers for physical and occupational therapy as well as persons benefiting from therapy and facility dogs.
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