[nfbmi-talk] Fw: Leader Dog Receives $1 Million Grant toSupport O&M Program

Gkitchen ghkitchen at comcast.net
Mon Feb 4 20:16:46 CST 2013


Hi James,

We missed you at Ski for Light!! I am sure you would have really liked it. 
Wish you could have worked out to come each day--commute.

Leader Dog. No,  you can not get any money from Leader  Dog. Maybe if you 
talk to  the CEO but I doubt it.

You could go there for training though or request  training at home which 
they may or nay not  do.

Best,

Georgia
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SO CAN I GET FUNDING FOR TRAINING MY OWN NEW LEADER DOG??? OR DO I HAVE TO 
GO THROUGH --LEADER DOGS FOR THR BLIND IN 
ROCHESTER---MICHIGAN----RESPECTFULLY YOURS---JAMES SCHMIDT---8101 DAVIS 
STREET---CENTRAL LAKE---MICHIGAN--49622---SATIRDAY---FEB 2---P.M.



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 From: Georgia Kitchen <ghkitchen at comcast.net>
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Subject: Leader Dog Receives $1 Million Grant to Support O&M Program


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Rachelle Kniffen

(248) 659-5013

rkniffen at leaderdog.org





Leader Dogs for the Blind Receives $1 Million Grant from Edward T. and Ellen 
K. Dryer Foundation



Grant Creates and Endows Edward T. and Ellen K. Dryer

Orientation and Mobility Internship Academy



ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH-[January 10, 2013]-Leader Dogs for the Blind today 
announced that it has received a $1 million grant from the Edward T. and 
Ellen K. Dryer Foundation to create and endow the Edward T. and Ellen K. 
Dryer Orientation and Mobility Internship Academy at Leader Dogs for the 
Blind.



By providing up to three endowed paid professional internships per year, the 
Dryer Internship Academy at Leader Dogs for the Blind will fill a critical 
role in the education of graduate-level orientation & mobility (O&M) 
students, who must complete an internship as part of their master's degree 
programs. O&M professionals play a critical role in teaching people who are 
blind or visually impaired the essential skills needed to travel in their 
daily endeavors using a white cane.



The grant also provides Leader Dogs for the Blind the ability to hire an 
additional experienced O&M professional. The new level of staffing will 
allow them to increase the number of clients they serve by 30-35 people each 
year.



"O&M specialists play a critical role in teaching our clients the skills 
necessary to be mobile and independent," said Leader Dogs for the Blind 
President & CEO Susan Daniels. "Creating the Dryer Internship Academy at 
Leader Dogs for the Blind will ensure that we not only can attract the best 
O&M professionals in the nation, but also partner with leading schools to 
continue extending the state of the art in education and innovation for 
services to people who are blind and visually impaired."



Edward Dryer was a Detroit-area banker who suddenly and unexpectedly lost 
almost all of his sight while on a business trip to New York City in the 
1960s, realizing while in Times Square that his vision was becoming 
impaired. Losing his job, he worked with his wife Ellen, an advertising 
industry professional, to become an independent investor with great success 
while traveling around Detroit with as few aids as possible.



"Ed Dryer taught himself to live a self-sufficient and independent life and 
was always determined that his blindness wasn't going to limit his 
mobility," said Dryer Foundation President Jon B. Gandelot. "He and Ellen 
decided that their legacy would be to support research into the prevention 
and treatment of blindness and visual impairment and to support future 
individuals and families facing what they had gone through. The trustees of 
their Foundation believe that training future generations of orientation and 
mobility professionals at Leader Dogs for the Blind in their names is a 
fitting memorial to their shared vision."



The Edward T. and Ellen K. Dryer Orientation and Mobility Internship Academy 
at Leader Dogs for the Blind is expected to offer its first internship in 
2013. More information will be available shortly at 
http://www.leaderdog.org/.





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