[nagdu] Fwd: A question

Vivianna irishana at gmail.com
Fri Aug 28 18:09:18 UTC 2015

o.o just saw the reasons.
i agree with the schools.


> On Aug 28, 2015, at 1:06 PM, Tom Hunter via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Buddy, 2 schools, first GDB on the west coast, then a school in NY which
> sent me an email:
> August 14, 2015
> Dear Tom,
> Our Admissions Committee has carefully reviewed your file.  Your
> application for a guide dog has been denied on the basis of your being
> too visual a traveler to benefit from a guide dog and be successful with
> one.
> I am sorry we cannot be of service to you, Tom. It has been my pleasure
> corresponding with you throughout this process.
> --> To be honest, if you are determined, you may find a guide dog school
> that will accept you. But when the judgment of both Guide Dogs for the
> Blind and our school is that it is not a good idea, you may not want to
> consider a school with softer criteria.  A guide dog is a real benefit
> when your vision loss is such that you cannot get around safely without
> a cane. But this is not the case for you. When a person has enough
> useable vision to get around visually, the particulars of handling and
> using a guide dog can actually be a burden and can slow you down rather
> than enhance your mobility.
> Our best wishes go with you.
> Sincerely [etc]
> -- 
>  Tom Hunter
>  tomhunter at operamail.com
> On Fri, Aug 28, 2015, at 01:56 PM, Buddy Brannan via nagdu wrote:
>> Hi,
>> 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 
>> Mobile: 814-431-0962
>> Email: buddy at brannan.name
>>> 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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