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http://www.guidedogsofamerica.org/

GUIDE DOGS OF AMERICA

MISSION STATEMENT
Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.

HISTORY
Guide Dogs of America was founded over 50 years ago by Joseph Jones, Sr. with the help of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (I.A.M.A.W.)

Joseph Jones, Sr. (shown in the picture above with his guide dog "Lucy", Visiting Jeanine and Murial Stamm in March 1957) was a retired member of the I.A.M.A.W.
When Mr. Jones became blind, he considered all his options and decided his mobility needs would best be met by using a guide dog. Joseph Jones, Sr. applied to all the existing schools, but he was declined because of his "advanced age". He was only 57 years old.
Joseph Jones, Sr. was a determined man and "No" was not a word in his vocabulary. He turned to the I.A.M. for help, soliciting assistance from the I.A.M.'s Executive Council. The I.A.M. Executive Council conducted extensive research, determined there was a growing need for guide dog services, and therefore endorsed the founding of International Guiding Eyes (I.G.E.) in 1948. The I.A.M.A.W. continues to be a generous supporter and staunch advocate of the school's mission today.
I.G.E.  was one of the first guide dog schools to be founded by a blind individual. It was also one of the first schools to adopt a policy of no upper age discrimination.
In 1992, International Guiding Eyes changed their "doing business as" name to Guide Dogs of America in an effort to communicate more clearly the services provided by the organization. Now the organization operates under the name Guide Dogs of America as an International Guiding Eyes Program. Today Guide Dogs of America seeks new and better ways of helping the blind community.

GUIDE DOGS OF AMERICA IS A NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES GUIDE DOGS AND INSTRUCTION FOR THEIR USE TO VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND BLIND MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.

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Up to 15% of everything you purchase will benefit Guide Dogs of America at no extra cost to you -- or Guide Dogs of America! Guide Dogs of America's shopping village includes brand name items from more than 100 leading online retailers like Amazon.com, eToys, Dell.com, L.L. Bean, 1-800-FLOWERS.com (sm) and many more. You don't pay more to buy things online, and your security and privacy are rigorously safeguarded.

 

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04/23/04
SAVE THE DATE! JUNE 19, 2004
4th ANNUAL MIDWEST HAWGS FOR DOGS RUN

 

 

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