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January 2009 | Special Announcement

The World Takes Notice: The New York Times features assistive technology innovations of Guiding Eyes graduate

Graduate picture of Ramen and Hubbell
T.V. Ramen and Hubbell

The work of a Guiding Eyes graduate was featured on the first page of the Sunday January 4th New York Times Business Section.

Graduate T.V. Ramen is a computer scientist and engineer at Google, working in the company’s Mountain View, California offices. The Times article describes not only Raman’s work, but also his genius and dedication to improving assistive technology for the blind.

The article contains two photographs of Raman and his second Guiding Eyes dog, yellow Lab Hubbell.

Raman is but one example of how our graduates contribute to society. We are proud that he is a member of the Guiding Eyes family.

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Meet Raman’s dog Hubbell

What is Assistive Technology?


Guiding Eyes student working at the
White Plains Field Center technology lab

Assistive Technology refers to computer hardware and software that is designed for those who are disabled. Through vigorous fundraising, Guiding Eyes has built a resource center in which the blind, visually impaired, and Deaf/Blind gain access to the "wired world." These tools are crucial for employment links, learning, resource material and a world of information to enhance the quality of life of our students and graduates.

Guiding Eyes dogs give blind people independence and the ability to expand their horizons. Assistive technology expertise gives them the ability to achieve workplace, educational, and social equality with technology tools.

Guiding Eyes has two Assistive Technology Centers, at the Yorktown Heights Training Center and the White Plains Field Training Center. Jeffrey Dunn is Guiding Eyes’ Assistive Technology Coordinator (and a Guiding Eyes graduate). He teaches our students how to use assistive software while they here training.

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About Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1956 to enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and expanded horizons of opportunity. Since that time, Guiding Eyes has become one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, graduating more than 7,000 guide dog teams. It provides superbly bred Guiding Eyes dogs, professional training and follow-up support services to students at no cost to them and depends on contributions to fulfill its mission. The comprehensive cost of breeding, raising, preparing, training, and supporting a Guiding Eyes team is $45,000. Guiding Eyes for the Blind's Headquarters and Training Center is located in Yorktown Heights, New York and the Canine Development Center is in Patterson, New York. Visit us at www.guidingeyes.org.

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