$30,000 TO LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND
June 8, 2017
Patterson Foundation awarded Leader Dogs for the Blind, a guide dog training organization, $30,000 in grant funding.

June 7, 2017 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – At its April board meeting, the Patterson Foundation awarded Leader Dogs for the Blind, a guide dog training organization, $30,000 in grant funding. Leader Dogs for the Blind empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind with skills for independent travel. The grant will help redesign the organization’s Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) apprentice program to be a metric-based e-learning platform that measures learning and material retention. “Receiving the grant from the Patterson Foundation will allow us to improve the training we provide to our clients,” said Susan Daniels, President and CEO, Leader Dogs for the Blind. “This funding will positively impact the quality of the services we provide for decades to come.” Every apprentice certified as a GDMI can train 12 guide dog clients or four to six Deaf-Blind guide dog clients annually. The redesigned GDMI apprentice program would also position Leader Dogs for the Blind to ensure future field service representatives are GDMI-certified. These field representatives recruit new clients, deliver in-home client services and assess working leader dog health and remaining working life. “By supporting Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Patterson Foundation hopes to improve the quality of life for their clients who are blind or visually impaired,” said Michelle Mennicke, Manager, Patterson Foundation. “It’s an honor to support Leader Dogs and help them reach more individuals with their life-changing services.”

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