Graduate Tales

Graduate Tales

Graduating Class #377

Friday, February 1st, 2013

We are proud to introduce Class 377, which graduated on January 27, 2013.

Bobbi Bubier & Honora

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Bobbi Bubier has never let her visual impairment keep her from doing whatever she puts her mind to.

At 19 years old, Bubier’s retinas bilaterally detached. Multiple surgeries on both eyes helped, but she was left without peripheral vision. At 28, a concussion suffered during a fall took her remaining vision. It was 1972 and this single mother of two children, ages 5 and 6, was determined that her kids not look at her handicap, but rather her ability. She knew it was “mission accomplished” when her now-grown son said to her, “Growing up we knew you were blind, but we never really looked at it that way. We never realized you were that blind.”

Mike Moore and Guide Dog “Gracy”

Monday, October 15th, 2012

At the end of April 2012, Mike Moore headed back home to Pickering, Ontario, Canada, with a new family member – a four-legged one. He came to Guide Dogs of America (GDA) earlier in the month to receive and train with “Gracy”, a black Labrador Retriever that was specifically chosen to be his guide dog. As a controller for the past 5 ½ years, he wanted more mobility and independence after his vision started to decrease eight years ago due to the progression of Retinitis Pigmentosa. He wanted to alleviate some of the stress and dependence that was put on his wife if he ever wanted to go anywhere.

Graduating Class #374

Monday, October 15th, 2012

We are proud to introduce Class 374, which graduated on July 18.

This class included students who are graduating with their first guide dogs as well as a long-time user who is graduating with their 11th guide dog.

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