[Nfbnet-members-list] Guide Dog Users Seminar & Annual Meeting

NAGDU President blind411 at verizon.net
Thu Jun 15 23:30:06 UTC 2017

                 The National Association of 
Guide Dog Users dedicates its 2017 Seminar & Annual Meeting

In Memoria
Richard Michael “Mike” Sergeant
March 18, 1951 - September 12, 2016

                 The National Association of 
Guide Dog Users, a strong & proud division of the 
National Federation of the Blind, is excited to 
offer the most dynamic, informative events in the 
nation for guide dog users at our national 
convention in Orlando. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors

Alpha Dog Sponsor
Yellow Cab of Tampa

Harness Up Sponsors
Mobile Vet Clinic of Brandon
On the Go by Julie Johnson
Texas Association of Guide Dog Users

NAGDU is offering some incredible programs for 
convention attendees and the world through a live stream!

Monday, July 10
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

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.

2:15 ­ 3:30 p.m. Guide Dog Health & Wellness
Panzacola F-2
                 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
Panzacola F-2
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!
Panzacola F-2
Part 1: Teaching the Guide Dog Team New Tricks

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

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; 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Annual Meeting
Panzacola F-2

6:00 – 6:45 p.m. – Registration. (Registration is 
free & required to be eligible for door prizes.)

7:00 p.m. Call to Order

Join NAGDU for the most exciting and important 
meeting of guide dog users in the United States. 
Here are some of the highlights you will experience

Celebrate the life and work of R. Michael Sergeant

Elect our 2017 – 2019 leadership

Supporting the NFB’s national ridesharing testing initiative
Valerie Yingling & Michael Nunez

Download & tour the newest version of the NAGDU Mobile App for iOS & Android
Raul Gallegos

Energizing reports from our affiliate divisions

Updates & advances of Aira: A visual interpreter for the blind
Michael Hingson

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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