Guide Dogs for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Guide Dogs for the Blind
350 Los Ranchitos Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499-4000 (Local)
(415) 499-4035 (Fax)
(800) 295-4050 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Guide Dogs for the Blind also has special programs for children who are blind (Camp GDB, Lifestyles Workshops, K9 Buddy Program).

Hours of operation: Administrative offices: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 2,100
Number of staff: 280
Staff description: Full-time, part-time, and volunteer
Geographic area served: United States and Canada.
Publications: Guide Dog News (general) Alumni News (alumni)


32901 South East Kelso Road
Boring, OR 97009


Chris Benninger, President and CEO,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Advocacy
    • Provides guidance to alumni addressing issues surrounding blindness and guide dog use.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Guide Dog Lifestyle Workshops introduce you to the unique benefits and responsibilities of working and living with a guide dog. You will gain information through discussion and hands-on experiences. You will leave with the ability to make an informed decision as to whether or not a guide dog is a viable mobility choice for you. These workshops are hosted on our California and Oregon campuses throughout the year.

      GDB Lifestyle Workshop webpage
  • Counseling
    • Provides support services after graduation to alumni via phone or home visits.
  • Dog Guide Training
    • Creates partnerships between skilled mobility dogs and people who are blind to improve quality of life.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Trains clients to create partnership with a mobility dog that offers companionship and enhanced independence.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation & Mobility Immersion Program: Our week long program is designed to develop those O&M skills most relevant to guide dog mobility. Students will work with specially trained O&M specialists at one of our partner organizations and will be instructed on various techniques such as:

      -Increasing awareness of the environmental information available to a guide dog traveler.

      -Developing an understanding of how to use auditory information like traffic sounds to remain oriented and to achieve correct alignment during general travel and street crossings.

      -Using auditory information to analyze different types of intersections and determine the best time to initiate street crossings.

      -Developing the ability to estimate the distance walked relative to the time taken (time-distance estimation).

      Students will also participate in exercises to help simulate travel with a guide dog (Juno exercises) and learn to apply their sensory awareness and travel skills in a practical way. First time students will get to participate in Juno exercises with a guide dog instructor followed by an experience walk with a guide dog on the same route.

      O&M Immersion Program webpage
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