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The Carroll Center
for the Blind is a private non-profit organization that provides
training programs and services to persons who are visually impaired
or legally blind. The Center is located in Newton, MA and welcomes
clientele of all ages.
Founded in 1936, The Carroll Center gained international recognition
in 1954 when it established the first campus-based rehabilitation
program for newly blinded adults. This program became a nationwide
model of modern day rehabilitation, creating new possibilities for
visually impaired and blind persons to realize their personal and
Today, the Carroll Center, with a staff of trained professionals
specializing in vision impairments, offers a vast array of services
for children, working-age adults and seniors who are blind or
visually impaired. Services are available at the campus or in the
community and include:
- Independent Living Skills
- Computer Training
- Educational Services
- Employment Services
- Low Vision Rehabilitation
- Community Orientation and Mobility Training
- Outdoor Enrichment Program
- Professional Development
- International Training Program
And indeed a Carroll Center graduate was the ideal
subject to try using a guide horse. Dan Shaw had excellent mobility
and Orientation skills, largely due to the extensive training he
received at the prestigious Carroll Center for the Blind in
Massachusetts. There Dan wore occluded glasses to simulate total
blindness while he learned to operate power tools, cook and travel
through the city in total darkness. The marvelous program at the
Carroll Center enables a blind student to learn to truly live an
independent life style as Dan went on to prove time and again.
In his early 40s when he had only 5% vision left, Dan Shaw realized
he needed to prepare for a life of darkness. He attended the Carroll
Center for the Blind near Boston, where he quickly began to read
Braille so well that after graduation he began teaching Braille to
sighted children “so they could relate to what it’s like to be a
blind kid in school.”
At the Carroll Center Dan wearing occluded glasses Dan prepared for
the day his vision would be completely gone. He learned to use
Orientation and Mobility skills to travel in unfamiliar territory.
They even taught him how to cook for himself and maintain an
independent daily life style. And most important to Dan he learned
how to work with his hands using power tools without relying on
sight so he could continue to use tools for building and continue
working outdoors. Dan gained the skill that enabled him to mow a
familiar lawn and help with basic construction and wood working. He
even helped mend the overhang on our stable last year. Much to our
amazement as long as he knew where everything was he could help hang
boards and hold them up for someone to nail up.
Thanks to his extensive Orientation and Mobility training Dan
functions successfully in day to day living.
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is one of the world's pioneering horse trainers
– USA Today
Janet and Don
Burleson are . . . Angels
– People Magazine
that Janet and Don Burleson have initiated this valuable
experimental program teaming miniature horses with blind people
are leading the way for the blind
– ABC News
Guide Horses .
. . are as small and disciplined as Guide Dogs
– TIME Magazine
It is often the
little things that win our hearts and minds
– ABC News
are . . . using horse sense to Guide
Twinkie proved that
miniature horses could fill the role, and fill it well
– VetCentric Magazine
- Discovery Channel
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