History


More Than 70 Years Ago…

At the age of 57, Mr. Jones sought the assistance of a guide dog for his mobility needs, but was declined by many organizations due to his “advanced age.” Because Mr. Jones was determined that a guide dog would enhance his independence, he turned to the IAMAW for help, soliciting assistance from its Executive Council.

After extensive research the IAMAW Executive Council endorsed the founding of International Guiding Eyes. The organization became one of the first guide dog schools to be founded by a blind individual, and also adopted a policy of no upper age discrimination.

For more than 70 years International Guiding Eyes, Inc., dba Guide Dogs of America has matched thousands of individuals who are blind and visually impaired with extraordinary guide dog partners.

With the need for highly qualified service dogs continuously growing, Guide Dogs of America (GDA) merged with Tender Loving Canines (TLC) in January of 2020, allowing us to expand our ability to offer service dogs for Veterans, children with Autism as well as Facility Dogs.

2 men, dog, guide dog
Joseph Jones, Sr. and “Lucy” with Captain L.A. Kreimer March 20, 1957

Ongoing Support

The IAMAW continues to be a generous supporter of the school’s mission today. If you would like more information about the IAMAW, visit their web site at www.goiam.org.