The International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) was formed in 1989, following meetings over several years of Guide Dog organisations around the World. The history of the federation is covered in the section History.
The IGDF is comprised of 99 member organisations, whose purpose is to serve people who are blind or have low vision around the world, by training and providing Guide Dogs. It has a growing and thriving membership with a small executive office based in Reading, UK. Details about membership are covered in the section Membership Information.
What does belonging to the IGDF mean to its members?
First and foremost, membership of the IGDF enables Guide Dog organisations around the world to join a community dedicated to serving people with vision impairment. The IGDF facilitates a sharing of knowledge, experience, highest quality standards, methodologies and help for new or existing schools wanting to improve the quality of their operations. All of this is focused on improving the safe independent mobility of people who are blind or have low vision throughout the world.
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