Leader Dog Blog

Leader Dogs for the Blind Introduces Harness the Power of Leadership

Experiential employee development training with a unique twist

Most employee development courses include: (1) Bribe people into a conference room with coffee and bagels; (2) Have someone stand in front of the room all day while telling the group things they should be doing; (3) Break into discussion groups to make things “interactive;” (4) Go home wondering what was learned.

Hidden Disability

Perception.

It’s all a matter of perception.

When you see a person in a wheelchair in a handicapped parking space you think nothing of it. That’s what the space is for, right? Well, what if you see a person like me, a person with a hidden disability?

Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry’s donated Smile Makeovers help raise $20,000

Dr. Jeff and Melissa Haddad at Leader Dog's 2016
Lead in the Holidays event

Dr. Jeff Haddad, a partner with Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry, a Rochester-based dental practice focusing on cosmetic, implant and restorative dentistry, is pleased to announce he has completed smile makeovers for two area women who bid for their smile re-dos via the Leader Dogs for the Blind Lead in the Holidays event held on November 19, 2016.

Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry is a long-time friend and supporter of Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Leader Dog Receives $61,196 from Purina

As a result of the My Dog is a Star campaign that ran in conjunction with the brand new Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina, Purina has donated $61,196 to Leader Dogs for the Blind. During the campaign, supporters were encouraged to share posts on social media about why their dog is a star and tag Purina, and the response was overwhelming.

The Impact of a Leader

Leader Dogs for the Blind leaves an impact on more than just their clients.

New intern at Leader Dog shares about her experience of sitting in on interviews with the clients and their dogs when they were asked the question, "How will having a Leader Dog impact your life?"

Help Leader Dog Receive up to $75,000

This April, you can help Leader Dogs for the Blind receive up to $75,000! As part of the brand new show The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina, each social media post featuring the hashtag #BHDogShow and tagged with @Purina is worth $1 each.

39 Wendy’s Hold March Fundraiser for Leader Dog

Wendy's logo

Leader Dogs for the Blind is partnering with Wendy's franchisees Lisa and Howard O'Brien to raise funds in support of Leader Dog’s programs for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Simply donate $1 to Leader Dogs for the Blind and you will receive a $1 off coupon for a full-sized combo meal or salad on your next visit. This fundraising initiative will run throughout March at 39 Wendy’s locations.

Welcome Midwest Eye Consultants!

Midwest Eye Consultants, P.C. and Leader Dogs for the Blind announced today a new sponsorship agreement making Midwest Eye Consultants, P.C. an official corporate partner of Leader Dogs for the Blind.

This agreement pairs Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit that empowers people who are blind or visually impaired, with Midwest Eye Consultants, who has a strong culture of giving back to their communities.

Congratulations to Kathryn Tuck!

We are proud to announce that Leader Dog's own Director of Foundation Giving, Kathryn Tuck, has been awarded the Oakland County Executive Elite 40 under 40 award. This award recognizes dynamic leaders under the age of 40 who excel in their field and improve the quality of life in Oakland County. Kathryn is an accomplished thought leader in her field and this award not only highlights her work but also Leader Dog within the community. Kathryn was chosen from a pool of nearly 400 candidates by public vote. Congratulations, Kathryn!

Living with Retinitis Pigmentosa: When is it Time for a Cane?

I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) in my twenties. RP is an eye disease that causes the retina to slowly deteriorate. The light sensing cells called rods and cones begin to die off and leave you with tunnel vision, blind spots, night blindness and an overall diminished ability to see. Early on, the visual changes were subtle and sometimes I was unaware when I lost more vision in my peripheral fields. By the time I was 30 yrs. old, I could no longer drive. This called for making adjustments to a new way of living life without wheels!

Among my biggest challenges as I lost more vision was the ability to move about safely. I started doing some very annoying things like walking into doors, missing curbs, and bumping into people while in public. Sometimes funny things happened, like once I asked a mannequin for help in a store. Another time, I got so lost and turned around in a large public bathroom that someone had to help me find the door out. Awkward, right?

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