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Review for Guide Dogs Of The Desert, Whitewater, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a wife and mother of 3 sons. I lost my sight in 2005/2006 due to a rare disorder.
Before I met my Guide dog, I was depending on sighted guides, and canes for all of my needs.
But then I met a couple of puppy raisers doing a demonstration, and one had a retired dog with a harness. Once I took hold of that harness, my world changed!
From there, I worked hard with my O/M Instructor to get my application in.
Then I received my letter they had my match! 03 April 2016 I left my family for the First time and moved into the dorm! Classes started soon afterward.
It has now been over two years since my dog and I graduated.
Chuck has taken me up mountains, hiking in deserts, across the country to Tennessee to visit family.
My fellow classmates are my extended family. We keep in touch. My instructors were and still are the BEST that I could have asked for!
I am honored to be a graduate from Guide Dogs of the Desert.

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Winnetka, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Forty years ago, I dropped out of high school due to bullying. It was drop out, or take my own life.
I had to wait until I turned 18 to take my GED, but I did and passed on the 1st time.
Then, while working part-time, I earned a Forty - Hour Certificate in Office Administration from Jackson State Community College.
I took the test to get into the U.S. Armed Services, but was told I had failed by a mere five points. If I had only graduated from high school, i would have passed. My GED was not the same.
As it worked out, I married and became a wife and a mom. I put my college education to volunteer work.
Then I lost my sight to a rare disorder... That’s when I found out about Hadley. Due to health issues, it has taken me six years, but I DID IT! I AM NOW A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE!
My teachers have taught me to dig deep inside myself.. that I CAN DO THIS! There were patient with me when I was sick or could not understand what the lesson was about.
Each teacher was available to discuss anything I needed.
I thank GOD for HADLEY!
I also think doing away with the high school program is a mistake. There are more people out there like me.
How could I tell my sons not to quit when the going got tough, when I did?
THANK YOU HADLEY FOR ALLOWING ME TO FULFILL MY DREAM!

Role:  Volunteer