[Nfbnet-members-list] Guide Dog Users' Seminar, Meeting, & Streaming

NAGDU President blind411 at verizon.net
Wed Jul 5 13:57:15 UTC 2017

                 The National Association of 
Guide Dog Users, a strong and proud division of 
the National Federation of the Blind wants to 
thank its sponsors of our 2017 Guide Dog Users’ Seminar and Annual Meeting.

Alpha Sponsor
Yellow Cab of Tampa

Harness Up Sponsors
Mobile Vet Clinic of Brandon, Florida
On the Go by Julie Johnson
Ruff Wear
Texas Association of Guide Dog Users
                 During the 77th Annual 
Convention of the National Federation of the 
Blind in Orlando, Florida, the National 
Association of Guide Dog Users will host a 
dynamic seminar on Monday, July 10 and our 
exciting, informative annual membership meeting 
on Wednesday, July 12. All NAGDU meetings will be 
held in the Panzacola Ballroom F-2, Level 1. The 
agenda for both programs is below.

If you are unable to join us in Orlando, we would 
like to offer you the opportunity to join us 
virtually. Once again, NAGDU will be streaming 
our meetings live for the world to hear! To 
listen to our live stream, simply visit


and find the link to the live stream on the 
Homepage. The stream will be available 
approximately 15 minutes prior to each meeting. 
If you would like to comment or ask questions 
during the stream, PLEASE use the hashtag 
NAGDU17. Please read on for more information about our agenda.
July 10, 2017

This seminar is dedicated to the memory of
R. Michael “Mike” Sergeant
March 18, 1951 - September 12, 2016
A friend, a colleague, and a brother in our movement

1:00 ­ 10:00 p.m.
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Registration. Registration is 
free & required to be eligible for door prizes!
2:00 ­ 3:30 p.m. (Rehab Professionals) Guide Dogs 
and O&M: Concepts and Misconceptions
Wikiwa 9, Level 2

Lucas Frank, The Seeing Eye
Mike Goehering, Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Michael Hingson, National Association of Guide Dog Users
Derick Williams, Louisiana Center for the blind

                 A panel presentation featuring 
orientation & mobility professionals from guide 
dog training programs, cane travel instructors, 
and consumers. This seminar is a part of the 
Rehabilitation Professionals Workshop and 
qualifies for continuing education units.

2:00 ­ 3:30 p.m. Guide Dog Health & Wellness

                 A veterinarian shares 
information about maintaining optimal health 
throughout your dog’s life, including wellness, 
preventive care, grooming tips, and first aid.

3:45 ­ 5:00 p.m. Advocacy and Access: Everyone has a Part to Play
Facilitator: Marion Gwizdala, President, National 
Association of Guide Dog Users

Combining realistic skits of guide dog access 
challenges with practical guidance to handle the 
challenges, guide dog users and businesses alike 
will learn about the rights, responsibilities, 
and limitations of those rights. This interactive 
program is a must for all guide dog users, those 
wishing to become better advocates for guide dog 
users and other disabled individuals, and public 
and private entities wanting to know their rights.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dinner break

6:00 ­ 6:45 p.m. Registration – Registration is 
free & required to be eligible for door prizes!
7:00 ­ 10:00 p.m. Living the Guide Dog User Life you want!
Part 1: Teaching the Guide Dog Team New Tricks

John Byfield, Freedom Guide Dogs
Lucas Frank, The Seeing Eye
Mike Goehering, Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Kelly Martin, Guide Dogs for the Blind

Current training Methods and innovations in dog 
training that will keep your guide dog sharp and 
happy. Featuring veteran trainers from several 
guide dog training programs, guide dog users will 
learn new techniques to enhance their dog’s work and teach new skills.

Part 2: Harness Up: The process of getting a guide dog and beyond

Various guide dog training programs & consumers

If you are interested in getting a guide dog, 
want to find out how they really work, get to 
know what is involved in the application and 
training process, and learn about the guide Dog 
User Lifestyle, this session is for you! Guide 
dog training programs will share information 
about their programs and guide dog users will 
help you understand what is required when you come home.

Part 3: Guide Dog Show and Tail

                 Guide dog users share their 
favorite gear, grooming tools, and toys. If you 
have a favorite item to share, bring it with you 
for others to learn about! Some of them will be 
yours to take home for you and your dog to enjoy!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:00 – 6:45 – Registration. Registration is free 
and required to be eligible for door prizes.

Dues are $5.00 for those who are not members of an affiliate division.

7:00 p.m. Meeting begins

1.  Call to Order
2.  Roll Call & Relief Area Donations
a.  Board of Directors – Sherrill O’Brien, Secretary
b.  Participants
2.  Participants on Live Stream
3.  NFB Pledge
4.  In Memoria – R. Michael Sergeant
5.  Secretary’s Report – Sherrill O’Brien
6.  Treasurer’s Report – Linda O’Connell
7.  Touring the NAGDU Mobile App 2.0
   Raul Gallegos
8.  Elections
9.  Uber/Lyft Settlement Update
   Michael Nunez, Attorney, TRE Legal Services
   Valerie Yingling, Legal Program Coordinator
10.              Canada Seeks to Impose 
Paternalistic Restrictions          Mary Ellen Gabias
11.              Committee Reports
a.  NAGDU List Serve –Cindy Rae
b.  Social Media – Jessica Snyder
c.  Fund Raising – Julie McGinity
12.              AIRA: A new dimension in assistive reality
13.              50/50 Drawing

Fraternally yours,
Marion Gwizdala, President
National Association of Guide Dog Users Inc. (NAGDU)
National Federation of the Blind
(813) 626-2789
President at NAGDU.ORG

The National Federation of the Blind knows that 
blindness is not the characteristic that defines 
you or your future. Every day we raise 
expectations because low expectations create 
barriers between blind  people and our dreams. 
You can live the life you want! Blindness is not what holds you back.

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