BLACKFOOT – During the month of October, dog lovers are being asked to contribute $1 to Hounds for Hadley each time they walk their dog.
Founded in 1920 by William Hadley and Dr. E.V.L. Brown, The Hadley School for the Blind offers courses free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families and affordable tuition courses to blindness professionals.
Today, Hadley is the largest educator of people who are blind or visually impaired around the world, serving more than 10,000 students annually in all 50 states and 100 countries.
Hadley is also the largest educator of Braille.
A 501©(3) non-profit corporation, the school relies on contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations to fund its programs.
In Blackfoot and Bingham County, the virtual hound walk is spearheaded by a local employee of the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind in Gooding.
Donations for Hadley can be dropped off at Mudslingers, eye doctor Cody Jones' office and by contacting Marcia Matsuura at 680-3215. Dr. Matsuura makes house calls from Blackfoot to Idaho Falls as part of her small animal practice.
Mudslingers is at 49 S. Spruce St. in Blackfoot. The coffee shop is open from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day of the week, including Sunday. Sanchez can be reached on her cell at (503) 409-1860.
Dr. Jones' office is at 34 SE Main St., Suite 101, in Blackfoot or can be reached at 785-7274.
Hadley has a course for you if you are:
· A blind or visually impaired individual 14+ years of age.
· A relative of a blind or visually impaired child.
· A family member of a blind or visually impaired adult.
· A professional in the blindness field.
The website www.hadley.edu/vHounds.asp  can be accessed for more information.
A person can also participate by registering online at www.hadley.edu/vHounds.asp . The cost to participate is $20 and you receive a Hounds for Hadley t-shirt and doggie bandana for your pooch.