This service program is geared towards blind individuals 18 and over. The qualifying individual has a complete or total visual disability, is in good physical condition, is well suited to interacting with the dog, moves around often and finds his or her bearings easily.
Blind and deaf person
The qualifying individual has both a total or partial visual disability and a total or partial hearing disability. Usually, these individuals are affected by Usher’s syndrome.
Person with low vision
The qualifying individual has a total or partial visual disability. Most often, the disability evolves from low vision to blindness, as can be the case with individuals affected by retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma. The disability may be stable, but it is pronounced enough to affect the individual’s mobility.
Person with visual and motor disabilities
The qualifying individual has a total or partial visual disability and is in a physical condition that limits his or her movements and stamina. Examples are diabetics, people who receive hemodyalisis services, or people with spina bifida.
To access the program, you must complete and send us the “Guide Dog Application” form.
You need to enclose a medical report, an ophthalmologist or optometrist report as well as orientation and mobility report.
After you submit your application, you will be invited to the Mira Foundation in Ste-Madeleine for a period of 24 to 48 hours for a complete evaluation.
This evaluation will allow you to inquire on all the aspects concerning the use of a guide dog. Besides that, the evaluation allows the MIRA staff to observe your orientation and mobility skills. At the end of this evaluation, you will be informed about all recommendations as well as probable time of class.
This method includes different aspects connected to the orientation and the mobility. It can also include all types of elements as coordination, guideline resources, public information and all types of surrounding collaboration (family, school etc...).
For more information, download a document from Hélène Guérette, orientation and mobility specialist from Institut Nazareth et Louis Braille. French document version .pdf without photos : Entraînement en orientation mobilité
You can also refer to a DVD produced by Institut Nazareth et Louis Braille: Une approche d’enseignement de l’orientation mobilité pour les déplacement avec le chien-guide élaboré par Hélène Guérette et Carole Zabihaylo.
This form is informative only. To download the form, you need to install Acrobat Reader. To obtain this program, simply click the icon below.
To apply for a guide dog, print and fill out the application. Send it via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Johanne Hallé, Director of Services, Mira Foundation, 1820 Rang Nord Ouest, Ste-Madeleine, Quebec, J0H 1S0.
Click here to download the Guide Dog Application Form (Word 97+). (Please right-click on the link in order to save the document on your computer.)
You are coming to the MIRA Foundation for the attribution of a guide dog. We hope you will enjoy your stay.
You will be in class for a 30 day period for the acquisition of your first guide dog and for a period of 14 to 21 days for a renewal.
The class is offered to a maximum of ten people at a time. All of our services and benefits are offered free of charge, including: transportation to and from our school; room and board; dog equipment and, of course, your guide dog. Our residence accommodates clients with single room and meals are served in the same building.
Your training begins at 8:30 and ends around 5:00 each day. Certain training periods take place in the evening to take each individual visual and physical conditions into account.
What you need to bring with you
• Walking shoes • Warm clothes • Hat (depending on the season) • Rain clothes • Money for your personal expenses as well as cigarettes for the month, if you smoke. TAKE NOTE THAT THE RESIDENCE IS A NON-SMOKING AREA. • Coins for soft drink machine • Personal hygiene articles: shampoo, hairdryer, toothpaste, soap, towels, face cloths, personal medication (ex: syrup, aspirin), please make sure to bring sufficient amount of prescribed medication.
• Laundry soap, washer-dryer, ironing board, electric iron and bedding. • A television is available in the living room. If you wish, you can also bring a radio and\or a television for your personal room.
A telephone is at your disposition, the number is (450) 795-3449. You have to use a calling card or make a collect call for long distance calls. You can receive phone calls at this number. It is preferable for people who want to reach you at this number to phone after 17:30, time at which your training day will end.
In case of an emergency, it is possible for someone to leave a message for you at the administration office at (450) 795-3725 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 17:00.
Your room is private, meaning that you’ll be staying with your guide dog. Breakfasts are served between 7:00 and 8:15. You must be ready to begin your training day with the instructors at 8:30.
Before you leave the facility, you will be provided with the required material for your guide dog (bowl, harness and leash) as well as a user’s certificate.
We request that you do not have any visitors during the first week (from Monday to Friday inclusively).
First weekend: No visitors
Second weekend: Saturday from 13:30 to 21:00
Sunday from 9:00 to 21:00
Third weekend: You are allowed to go out with your visitors. Saturday from 13 :00 to 21:00 Sunday from 9:00 to 20:00
Please note that visiting hours are :
• Saturday from 13:30 to 21:00 • Sunday from 9:00 to 21:00
Also note that the Mira Foundation does not supply meals and/or lodging to visitors during the weekends.
Once the training class is completed, the instructor and the orientation and mobility specialist will circulate in the client’s environment to proceed with client’s and guide dog adaptation. The complete environment will be looked after.
After this period, you will benefit from our trainers’ services for any problems related to the dog. You can also refer to the services of the orientation and mobility specialist in your area.
You are assured of an annual follow-up for the dog’s life.