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Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

 
Smithtown, NY
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Basic Organization Information

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
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 guide and service dogs. 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 companionshiUsage, 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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Fiscal Year Starting: July 01, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012

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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 servicemembers. 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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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 people Maintain a steady pace Stop at all curbs until told to proceed Turn left and right, move forward and stop on command Recognize 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 proceed Bring the handler to elevator buttons Lie quietly when the handler is sitting Help the handler to board and move around buses, subways and all forms of public transportation Obey 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 sides 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 2012, our goal is to train and place 95 guide dogs and 70 assistance dogs. During our FY 2012, 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 after one year of being together) at 95% 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 companionshiUsage, 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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Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

Service dogs help increase the mobility and independence of a person with a disability other than visual.    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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Program: Combat Operational Stress Control (COSC) dogs (GuideStar Exchange,
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Population Served:
Adults
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Program Description:

These special dogs are placed with military units serving in theater overseas. Conditioned to endure the riggers of Iraq and Afghanistan, these dogs offer emotional support for servicemen and woman dealing with combat stress, home front issues and sleep disorders.

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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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Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

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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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

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. Currently, there are civilians and veterans from 45 states in the process of applying for one of our specially trained guide or service dogs.   In Fiscal Year 2011, we successfully placed 126 dogs with people with disabilities thanks to our donors’ generosity. Today we are faced with increased demands for our specially trained dogs as the number of people with legal blindness and other disabilities grows.    As the only assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International, we have discovered how guide and service dog training can complement 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.
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