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Guide Dogs of the Desert Announces the Appointment of Tim Hindman as Director of Client Programs

Guide Dogs of the Desert has announced the appointment of Tim Hindman to the position of Director of Client Programs.

“We are so pleased for many reasons that Tim Hindman is now part of the Guide Dogs’ family,” stated Executive Director Sarah G. Clapp.  “He brings a wealth of over 30 years of experience working in the field to this position,” Clapp continued.

Mr. Hindman has indeed had a distinguished career in the field of Vision Rehabilitation for the past 30 years.  He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, holding an MA in Clinical Rehabilitation, with an emphasis on Vision Loss. His experience encompasses teaching children of the visually impaired and as a          Orientation & Mobility Specialist, having provided vocational rehabilitation counseling, low vision, and       Orientation and Mobility training to work-age adults.  In addition, as a Vision Rehabilitation provider, Mr. Hindman also delivered services to the elderly.

As Director of Client Programs at Guide Dogs of the Desert, Mr. Hindman will set and organize the dog training, class on-site and in-home training schedules, approve and certify all Guide Dog teams upon completion of training, and will ensure compliance with the Guide Dog training standards of the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.

 He is an active member and conference presenter for the Association for the Rehabilitation and Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER).  He is the recipient of the 2018 John H. McAulay Award from the  Association for the Rehabilitation and Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired for his impressive service in the field.

Prior to joining Guide Dogs of the Desert, Mr. Hindman served in the capacity of Coordinator of Blind and Visually Impaired Services for the State of New Hampshire.

“It is with great excitement and pleasure that I bring my experience in education, employment, and independent living to the dynamic and talented service team at Guide Dogs of the Desert ,” stated Hindman.

Mr. Hindman can be reached at Guide Dogs of the Desert at 760-329-6257 or at


 Founded 45 years ago, Guide Dogs of the Desert is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation headquartered in Palm Springs, California.  The organization adheres to the premise that every legally blind person should have the opportunity to utilize a guide dog, including those with multiple disabilities.  Due to this commitment, class sizes are small and focus is on the individual needs of each client.  Guide Dogs o the Desert provides, at no cost, custom trained guide dogs for the blind and for those with special needs, in order to provide safe mobility, companionship, and independence.  Guide Dogs of the Desert operates a breeding and training facility in Whitewater, California, that includes an auditorium, dormitory, kennel, and administration.

For more information on how you can help Guide Dogs of the Desert or how you can get involved, please call 760- 329-6257 or visit

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