Outreach Programs for Blind Youth
Guide Dogs collaborates with other organizations to provide services through the following:
The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC, a division of the National Federation for the Blind) - Guide Dogs is helping to promote the Braille is Beautiful program in classrooms.
Junior Blind of America Guide Dogs staff and puppy raisers participate in the JBA's Junior Blind Olympics and summer camp programs introducing the active Guide Dog Lifestyle.
National Association for the Parents of Children with Visually Impairments (NAPVI) - Guide Dogs and NAPVI are working together to help parents become good advocates for their children.
Washington School for the Blind – Guide Dogs' canines encourage youngsters to read and learn Braille with the help of a non-judgmental listener through the Read to the Dogs Program.
- Summer youth transition programs for teens:
Guide Dogs provides a hands-on workshop to give teens an opportunity to make an informed choice about the Guide Dog lifestyle.
CSB Summer Transition Education Program through State Department of Rehabilitation encourages teens to make informed decisions about their future and consider possible career paths.
SWEP Summer Work Experience Program through Oregon Commission for the Blind- focuses on teens and their decisions about school and work choices in the future.
STEP Summer Transition Program through Junior Blind of America
Guide Dogs provides hands-on workshops that may include grooming, interactions with Guide Dog Alumni and puppy raisers, bonding, and experiences with a working Guide Dog.
Enchanted Hills Camp - sponsored by the Lighthouse for the Blind
Highbrook Lodge Camp - sponsored by the Cleveland Sight Center
Camp Tatiyee - sponsored by the Lions Club
Camp Bloomfield - sponsored Junior Blind of America. Guide Dog puppy raisers are among the camp counselors-in-training.