[nagdu] Fwd: A question

Buddy Brannan buddy at brannan.name
Fri Aug 28 17:56:03 UTC 2015


Twice rejected: from the same school or from several? Even if you were rejected by two guide dog schools, that leaves about a dozen left at which to apply. Did they give you any reason for why you weren't accepted? If so, what was it, and what steps were recommended that you take to improve your chances at getting accepted next time? 

Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV - Erie, PA
Phone: 814-860-3194 
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> On Aug 28, 2015, at 1:30 PM, Tom Hunter via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi, all. I'm new to this list, and have been 'legally blind' since 2012,
> when I fell from my bicycle, starting my commute home from work.  Severe
> head injury left my optic nerves dead from one eye, and damaged from the
> other. Optic nerves are gone and do not recover.
> I was told I could be teamed with a guide dog, but have been rejected
> twice. Hence my question.
> Is there a service dog I could be paired with, despite being judged a
> bad match for a seeing eye dog? 
> Original ms was;
> I am a disabled 60-year-old, who can't drive or do my old job. I have a
> MetroAccess card, and can take local trains and bus service, or get a
> ride if I give 24 hours notice.
> In 2012 I fell, while commuting home from work on a bicycle. I wasn't
> wearing a helmet, and hit my head on the sidewalk. After weeks of coma,
> I recovered, but for the optic nerves, which are permantly gone to the
> left eye, and severely damaged to the right eye, less than 20 degrees
> field of vision in the eye that sees.
> I am in a study at the NIH, and a therapist there thought I'd qualify
> for a guide dog.  This is not the case, it seems. 2 schools have
> evaluated me, and now both judge my case to be not needing a guide dog.
> My question is, Is there any chance of getting a service animal, to help
> me with partial blindness, which could help me with things I don't see?
> I don't see things overhead while walking, at times, and have hit my
> head as a result. My doctors warned me not to hit my head at all!
> And, a cane helps but a dog might warn me better of uneven terrain while
> walking in a local park, since my depth perception is mainly gone. 
> Thanks,
> --Tom
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