Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shout Out to a Stellar Volunteer

By Aerial Gilbert, Outreach Manager
Yellow Lab Guide Dog
Volunteer docent Joan Vennemeyer recently gave a tour of our California campus to a group that included a woman who is blind. She graciously spent a lot of extra time with the woman, answering her questions about our program. Because of her warm and informative guidance, the visitor has now applied to our school to get a Guide Dog. Joan is among thousands of GDB volunteers who make a real difference in peoples’ lives.

And you can, too. By learning more about blindness and GDB, you just may change someone’s life!

Did you know:
  • Approximately 1.3 million Americans are legally blind. It is estimated that an additional 47,000 people will lose their vision annually.
  • The leading causes of new blindness are progressive, degenerative and/or age-related (such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy).
  • You do not need to be totally blind to apply for our programs.
  • Guide Dogs, training, equipment, room and board, post-graduate support and financial assistance with veterinary care are all offered free-of-charge to people throughout the US and Canada. For more info, visit or call (800) 295-4050.
Be a resource!


  1. That is sooooo great! I have hopes to do the same thing... Well, I did, kinda sorta: my braille instructor at the Lighthouse in S.F. is coming for the next class. We will be there cheering loudly from the lush grass!

    Seth & Bamboo.

    P.S. How does a visually impared person sign up for a google account? When I clicked on the handicap button it just comes out garbled, is it just me???

  2. A friend said: I just tried signing up and you do have to listen to the audio recording to get the numbers that you can not read on the screen that are given only to you for verification when you sign-up.

    Under the trouble shooting section there is a link for contacting Google so that they can assist with the set-up. Seth will need to use that link or call them to be able to complete the sign-up process.

  3. That is awesome, made me smile and gives me hope for brighter days.