Information for Orientation and Mobility Specialists

Orientation and Mobility specialistsAll applicants are interviewed by GDB staff. The purpose of the home visit (interview) is to gather/clarify information. By the time a home visit is scheduled with your client, we would expect him/her to have finished orientation and mobility instruction and be a proficient traveler within his/her community and/or work place. Although we request each applicant has a minimum of three established routes, we will only observe one route during the home visit.

Preparing your client for training with a Guide Dog

Observations made during the home visit by our staff include:

  1. Safe, independent travel to purposeful destinations We typically request to observe a route which includes street crossings at various types of intersections including traffic lights.
  2. A genuine “need” for a Guide Dog to enhance independent travel
  3. The person’s ability to learn and apply basic guidework principles during the Juno exercise (simulated guidework using a harness handle)
  4. A safe and loving home environment; acceptance of the idea of having a Guide Dog within the home by family members

During the home visit, the applicant is asked to demonstrate a typical route in his/her area. We expect the route to be to a meaningful destination. GDB staff observes the person’s orientation and mobility skills, walking pace, traffic conditions and other noteworthy environmental conditions. This information helps us match your client with a Guide Dog.

Typically, your client will be observed walking in one direction to a specific destination. The return route is a “Juno” walk/demonstration. Dogs are not used during Juno. The instructor will provide instruction by using a Guide Dog harness and leash. Basic guidework principles are introduced during Juno. After basic instruction, your client will be evaluated on his/her ability to grasp and apply Juno concepts.


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