Guide Dogs

* The application has several phases and includes requests for a video and an interview.

Guide dogs are specially trained dogs to provide mobility assistance for individuals who are blind or visually impaired to travel safely from one place to another. They do this by navigating sidewalks, finding curbs and stairs, crossing streets safely and avoiding obstacles including overhangs.

Guide dogs know left and right and are helpful with object identification when asked to “find” a door, counter, elevator, escalator, sidewalk, chair, etc.

People who receive guide dogs will generally attend team training on the KSDS campus in Washington, Kansas for 21 days. Students will stay in the handicap accessible apartments on campus provided by KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc. with the help of funding from Kansas Lions Clubs.  The majority of meals are also provided by Kansas Lions Clubs as well as other civic organizations and volunteers.

If you have any questions about applying for a dog, contact Letha Nelson, Client Services at 785-325-2256 ext 115 or lnelson@ksds.org.