The first-of-its-kind Special Needs Program was developed to empower people with vision loss who have additional challenges.  This may include individuals with gait and balance issues, cognitive challenges, and individuals who are DeafBlind. Highly customized training ensures that each team of a student and their guide dog can achieve maximum independence and mobility.

Key program elements include:

  • Two training options: (1) Residential Training for three weeks at our Yorktown campus, with opportunity for follow-up in the home area as needed; or (2) Home Training for students who are unable to leave their home area for an extended period
  • Ergonomically designed harness handles for students with physical challenges, such as individuals with cerebral palsy, weak shoulder or arm muscles, or arthritic hands
  • For students who are DeafBlind, we provide Special Needs Instructors who are proficient in American Sign Language, and we hire professional interpreters to expedite communication as needed

If you are interested in applying to this program, please visit the Admissions page to begin your application.