The IAM founded the Guide Dogs of America, when a former member lost his sight and was denied a dog, because of his age. This discrimination brought our Union into action. To date, we have delivered over 2,000 dogs to sight-impaired persons, all free of charge. The cost to train a dog, and the partner, is approximately $25,000 for each set. We raise the money for GDA through benefits throughout our communities, and donations from our members.
Guide Dogs of America was founded over 50 years ago by Joseph Jones, Sr. with the help of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (I.A.M.A.W. or I.A.M.)When Mr. Jones became blind, he considered all his options and decided his mobility needs would best be met by using a guide dog. He applied to all the existing schools, but he was declined because of his "advanced age". He was only 57 years old.
Mr. Jones was a determined man and "no" was not a word in his vocabulary. He turned to the I.A.M. for help, soliciting assistance from the I.A.M.'s Executive Council. The I.A.M. Executive council conducted extensive research, determined there was a growing need for guide dog services, and therefore endorsed the founding of International Guiding Eyes (I.G.E.) In 1948. The I.A.M.A.W. continues to be a generous supporter and staunch advocate of the school's mission today. -excerpt from GDA website all rights reserved
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