Legally blind children between the ages of 11-17, who are physically and mentally mature, have an active lifestyle and have the requisite Orientation and Mobility skill set are eligible to apply for a MIRA guide dog. Parents/guardian must be willing to support the child and guide dog. Until our training facility is built, all training will take place in Canada, so parents/guardian must be willing to travel to Canada with their child for 30 days of training during the summer months.
The information needed will be explained to the family and our office personnel will work with them to compile the required information. If there are questions in respect to eligibility and qualifications, do call our office at 910 944-7757.
What to expect when a child is accepted into the MIRA guide dog program.
Our training currently takes place at the MIRA Canada campus and is for 30 days in the summer. MIRA USA covers the cost of transportation, room and board of the child, the training and of course the guide dog. All our services are provided free of charge to those students who qualify for our guide dog program.
Over the course of 4 weeks training focuses on having the children and their guide dogs experience real-life situations. After the children have mastered the skills needed to work with a dog and are able to orient themselves in an outdoor environment, training continues with visits to downtown areas of a populated city. Trainers are always with the child in all training activities.
Upon their return home, the children continue working the guide dog. A MIRA trainer will provide follow-up sessions in the students home environment to help set the route in the home, school and community.
More information can be obtained by calling 910 944-7757.