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Admissions Procedure

 

From application form to acceptance, we’re here every step of the way. So reach out to us with any questions or concerns during the application process.

You can reach our Admissions Department staff at:

800-942-0149 (ext.) 2222 (toll-free) or 914-243-2222

Email us at admissions@guidingeyes.org

Fax us at 914-243-2232

 

Process overview

  • Application
  • Notification of receipt of application
  • References and Background Checks
  • Medical Form Review
  • Vision Report

 

Guiding Eyes Review

  • Home interview
  • Admissions Committee Review
  • Notification of decision

 

Application Form

Application Form

 

References

As soon as we receive your signed Release of Information form, we’ll contact your references (these may include an Orientation and Mobility Instructor, a previous guide dog school, or other professionals) for any supporting information we might need.

 

About the Medical Form

This form must be completed and signed by your primary care physician and should be faxed, mailed, or emailed directly to Guiding Eyes. Our nurse will call you to go over your medical information.

Please note, the medical exam must have occurred within the last year.

If you are having difficulty getting an appointment with your doctor or completing the form, please call our Admissions Department at 800-942-0149, extension 2222.

 

About the Vision Report

This form should be completed by your eye doctor and returned directly to Guiding Eyes. If you have a copy of a recent eye exam or certificate of blindness or legal blindness, you may send it to us in place of this form.

You do not need to complete this form if:

  • You are a graduate of Guiding Eyes

or

  • You have no vision and do not go to an eye doctor. (In its place, please provide us with a certificate of blindness or legal blindness.)

 

About the Home Interview

We’ll be in touch to arrange an in-person interview with you at your home. This interview allows us to get to know you better, understand your needs in a guide dog, and give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn as much as you can about our training program.

With your permission, the interviewer will take video of you during the interview process.

 

About Your Application Decision

It generally takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete your application (including the form, signed release, medical report, vision report if applicable, references, home interview, and any other supporting documents and materials).

Our Admissions Committee reviews your complete application, and you’ll be promptly informed of the decision, either by a phone call letting you know that you’ve been approved or by letter stating the reasons for the denial of your application.

 

About Appeals

You have the right to appeal the decision of the Admissions Committee if you feel it is unfair or based on incomplete information or misinformation.

 

The procedure is as follows:

Notify the Admissions Department (in writing − by mail or email) that you disagree with the Committee’s decision, stating the reason(s) for your disagreement along with supporting evidence. This letter, along with your file, will be considered by the Committee, and you will be contacted promptly with a final decision.