Graduate Tales

Graduate Tales

Next Goal, Guide Dog!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Having A Guide Dog Is Something Special For These Three 20-Something Graduates

Being blind was never an obstacle to achieving their goals for recent GDA graduates Adam Ohnstad, Rebecca Mendez and Constantine Greanias. All three were college graduates before they had their guide dogs and already pursuing paths to reach their professional goals and fuel their personal passions. Even though these young adults were independent in many ways, they all knew that having a guide dog would give them greater independence and so much more.
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Graduating Class #393

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

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Graduating Class #392

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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You’re Never Too Old

Monday, January 4th, 2016

GDA’s ‘No Upper-Age Limit’ Policy Keeps These Three Graduates Going and Going and Going

When Guide Dogs of America was founded more than 65 years ago, one of the founding principles was that no one would be denied a guide dog from the school based on his or her age. Joseph Jones, with the help of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM&AW), founded our school and established the policy because he had been denied a guide dog from other schools due to the fact that he was “too old.” Jones was only 57.
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Graduating Class #391

Monday, December 14th, 2015

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Graduating Class #390

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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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.
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Graduating Class #389

Monday, July 13th, 2015

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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.
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Perfect Addition

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Families share stories about the difference a guide dog makes in their loved one’s life

For many of our students, stepping away from their day-to-day life for 28 days to train with a new guide dog and live on the Guide Dogs of America campus also means leaving behind loved ones during that time. Like the students, their loved ones are filled with anticipation of what life will hold for the new team when they return home. This is especially true of graduates and their family members who are experiencing, for the first time, the newfound freedom, independence, mobility and confidence that having a guide dog adds to the life of a blind person.
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