Leader Dogs in the Workplace
Message from the President
As we move into 2017, many of us focus on goals we set and resolutions we made for the new year. We find ourselves in the middle of winter with fewer hours of daylight, colder temperatures and more precipitation. As a result, many of us find ourselves spending more time indoors “hibernating” and tackling home projects or concentrating on work. This issue of Update falls in line with that winter mindset and features articles about work and the workplace, including an interview with Leader Dog Client and Board Trustee Kevin O’Callaghan, who shares a few interview tips for people who are visually impaired.
If you encounter a client and their Leader Dog in your workplace, neighborhood, at the airport or while running errands this winter, the following are some general guidelines that you may find helpful:
- A Leader Dog is a working dog and should not be petted or called without their handler’s permission.
- Avoid making eye contact with a working dog—this can distract the animal.
- Do not take hold of the Leader Dog or its harness without permission.
- When providing directions to a person who is using a Leader Dog, speak to the person, not the dog.
- Avoid feeding a Leader Dog whether on or off duty as the animal follows a veterinarian-prescribed diet.
- Federal and state laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, protect guide dog handlers as well as provide direction to the general public.
For more information about these guidelines and about Leader Dogs in the workplace, visit our resources section. Our website is full of helpful information and resources to assist people who are blind, employers or those interested in knowing more about blindness.
As always, thank you so much for your continued support of Leader Dogs for the Blind and our mission. I hope you enjoy this issue of Update and wish you a wonderful winter and a safe and productive 2017!
Susan M. Daniels
President and CEO