Holding a doctor of philosophy in social work, Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Dr. Dimond also earned two master’s degrees, one in public administration from the University of Michigan and the other in social work from Boston College. Outside of her professional duties, Margaret Ann Dimond is a board member of Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Attributed as a “Best in America” charity by the Independent Charities of America, Leader Dogs for the Blind provides guide dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired. Incorporated by three Detroit-based Lions Clubs members in 1939, the organization’s mission is to enhance the mobility of visually challenged people and help them develop lifelong skills to move independently.
Leader Dogs for the Blind offers a range of programs to accommodate the needs of various clients. Some of the major programs are:
– 25 days of personalized residential training in using guide dogs;
– accelerated orientation and mobility training that teaches people who are blind to use the white cane safely in seven days;
– deaf-blind guide dog training for dogs escorting individuals who are both deaf and blind; and
– GPS technologies that aid in finding locations, directions, and related information through verbal cues.
For more information about Leader Dogs for the Blind and its programs, visit www.leaderdog.org.