Leader Dogs for the Blind

Leader Dogs introduces new tool to increase mobility for individuals using guide dogs.

Posted: June 1, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

guide dogGPS helps individuals using guide dogs become more independent.

Leader Dogs for the Blind, a non-proft organization that trains and places guide dogs with the visually impaired, has launched a new personal navigation device called Kapten PLUS.

The organization says the credit-card sized device will dramatically increase a blind or visually impaired person's ability to travel on foot with a guide dog.

“The Kapten PLUS changes everything,” says Greg Grabowski, Leader Dogs president and CEO. “Our ultimate goal is that everyone who is visually impaired will have specialized GPS to enhance their mobility.”

In 2005 Leader Dogs became the first guide dog organization to provide GPS and location-technology training to people using a guide dog.

 “The team members at Leader Dog believe strongly that everyone who is visually impaired and blind should have the opportunity to travel independently using the means that works best for them,” says Michael Benghiat, chief marketing and corporate relations officer at Leader Dogs for the Blind. “Technology is clearly proven to enhance the travel process while helping to reduce the anxiety of exploring new places.”

To learn more, visit Leader Dog.

See what Dog Fancy Editor, Ernie Slone has to say about Leader Dogs: view the blog


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skiw9748   Hartford, AL

11/24/2012 9:31:35 AM

2458881 - This is wonderful !

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

6/2/2011 11:05:01 PM

It sounds like a wonderful idea. I wonder how it works? I guess I'll have to go and check it out to learn more.

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

6/2/2011 4:15:56 PM


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Ashley   Cosby, TN

6/2/2011 7:27:03 AM

Great news!

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