GDA’s Director of Programs to Safeguard Guide Dog Standards Worldwide

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Guide Dogs of America is proud to announce Director of Programs Yvonne Martin has been selected as an International Guide Dog Federation Assessor. The International Guide Dog Federation is a global organization comprised of more than 85 member guide dog organizations, covering 28 countries. IGDF works with member organizations to monitor the standards of the guide dogs that they produce, to raise awareness of visual impairment throughout the world, and share best practices in terms of developing innovative mobility training techniques.

Yvonne MartinMartin is one of nine newly recruited IGDF Assessors. With this recruitment, there is a total of 27 Assessors on the team. Martin will assess required organizations to determine IGDF standards are met. She will provide verbal and written reports of each assessment and recommend if an organization should receive or maintain IGDF membership. Evaluation areas include:

  • Guide dog programs’ applicant selection process
  • All aspects of the breeding, raising, veterinary, and kennel care
  • The processes of administration, buildings, and transportation
  • The training and treatment of guide dogs
  • Instruction and follow up of the guide dog teams

An IGDF Assessor must be a qualified guide dog instructor with a minimum of 10 years of experience working within an IGDF member school.

Martin brings 15 years of experience at GDA to her current position as director of programs. Martin is familiar with every department, the people, and our organization’s processes. She has been a puppy raiser and GDA’s Director of Canine Development.

During her IGDF Assessor training in 2016, Martin will evaluate the Croatian Guide Dog and Mobility Association in Croatia along with a guide dog school in Finland. To learn more about IGDF, visit http://www.igdf.org.uk/

Congratulations, Yvonne, on this opportunity to safeguard guide dog program standards and forward guide dog training techniques worldwide!

Winner selected for 2015 Harley Davidson

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Mr. Tim Buck of New Castle, PA. His ticket was pulled by GDA graduate Teresa Blevins during the 35th annual William W. Winpisinger Guide Dogs of America Charity Banquet held Saturday, November 21, at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When his ticket was pulled, Mr. Buck was not in attendance at the banquet in Las Vegas, but across the country at another event supporting Guide Dogs of America. Mr. Buck was attending the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 98 casino night fundraiser for GDA in York, PA when he received the news by phone that he won the motorcycle!


Think #Give2GDAday on #GivingTuesday!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. On December 1, try #GivingTuesday on for size! People around the world will come together virtually on Tuesday, December 1, to celebrate generosity and to give to their favorite charities. Join the movement and kick-off the holiday season by giving to Guide Dogs of America’s annual Holiday Fund-A-Need Campaign, which supports our program that provides professionally trained guide dogs at no cost to blind and visually impaired men and women across the U.S. and Canada.

GDA Graduates Show Others The Way

Monday, September 14th, 2015

From advocating to educating: three graduates who open doors and open minds

Students arrive at Guide Dogs of America and spend 28 days in class learning to work and live with a guide dog. All of our graduates leave GDA as ambassadors of what can be achieved with the assistance and companionship of a guide dog, returning home empowered to pursue a life filled with “the possible.” Many — simply by their actions and example — have inspired others.

From Cane to Canine

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

It’s time to get a guide dog when…

For many of GDA’s graduates, there was an “aha moment” when they knew it was time to take the next step toward greater mobility and independence — making the switch from a white cane to a guide dog. Here, we share stories of three of our graduates about when they knew the time had come and the difference that having a guide dog has made for them in their lives.

2015 Quilt Raffle

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

This year’s quilt, “Dogs are the Spice of Our Lives,” was crafted and donated by the Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild. The quilt, which measures 108″ x 108,” features 36 hand-stitched blocks and a many-faceted look at man’s best friend.

2015 Holiday Cards

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

5th Annual Holiday Card

Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time (and the photos) to enter the fifth-annual Holiday Card Contest. We loved them all and it was a very difficult task to select just one!

GDA Takes You To The Head of The Class

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

A little education goes a very long way

School is always in session at Guide Dogs of America — whether it’s students coming to attend one of our 28-day classes; future guide dogs learning to work with licensed instructors; or puppies-in-training participating in obedience classes as part of their “early education.”

Recurring Donations: Give Monthly, Give Mobility

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Give Monthly, Give Mobility

Guide Dogs of America prides itself in giving the gift of guide dogs at no charge to blind and visually impaired individuals in the U.S. and Canada. With your monthly donation you can help us reach our goal of supplying the gift of mobility to at least 50 people each year.

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