[nagdu] Fwd: A question

Vivianna irishana at gmail.com
Fri Aug 28 18:08:03 UTC 2015

hmm, rejected twice?  this tells me that the schools think that a dog would not work for you.
did you ask them why you were rejected?


> On Aug 28, 2015, at 12:30 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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