Braille Institute Coachella Valley, Guide Dogs of the Desert team up

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Braille Institute Coachella Valley has entered into a partnership with Guide Dogs of the Desert to help visually impaired individuals get the training needed to qualify for a guide dog, officials said Thursday, Oct. 14. As a part of the agreement, the Braille Institute will train their visually impaired students in needed skills to increase their independence and mobility, then refer them to the Guide Dogs of the Desert’s application process if they wish to apply for a dog, according to the institute’s Bob Bogard. To qualify for a guide dog, applicants must demonstrate daily living skills such as calendaring, measuring, managing appointments and self-care, according to Bogard. The required skills include navigating one’s home and community using a white cane. As part of the
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