[Nfbnet-members-list] Join Us for the NAGDU Seminar & Annual Meeting

president at nagdu.org president at nagdu.org
Thu May 10 02:56:51 UTC 2018

Please circulate the following message as widely as appropriate.

May 10, 2018

                 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

On the Go by Julie Johnson
Texas Association of Guide Dog Users
Veterinarian Emergency Clinics of Central Florida

NAGDU is offering some incredible programs for our members!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
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. Is My Dog in Crisis?
Lori Tilley, D.V.M.
Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida

                 A board certified emergency 
veterinarian will share how to assess if your 
dog’s health issue is an emergency needing 
immediate attention. She will also give us tips 
on how to avoid a trip to the emergency clinic, 
as well as maintaining wellness, preventive care, grooming tips, and first aid.

3:45 ­ 5:00 p.m. Advocacy and Access: Everyone has a Part to Play
Calling Out Counterfeit Service Animals: The myth, the image, and the law
Facilitator: Marion Gwizdala, President
National Association of Guide Dog Users

                 With the growing challenge of 
untrained dogs in public and the problems they 
create for legitimate guide & service dogs, we 
must be the voice of reason. Join us as we 
mobilize our division to solve the problem! 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: Is It Time? The struggle of letting go.

Facilitator: Merry C. Schoch, LCSW

The retirement or passing of our guide dogs is a 
very challenging time and one we will all 
eventually experience. A Licensed Clinical Social 
Worker and guide dog user helps us through the process of retirement and loss

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!
Thursday, July 5, 2018; 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Annual Meeting

6:00 – 6:45 p.m. – Registration. (Registration is 
free & required to be eligible for door prizes.)
Membership dues of $5.00 are required for those 
who are not members of an affiliate division to 
be eligible to speak on the floor, make & vote on motions, and hold office.

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

Supporting the NFB’s national ridesharing testing initiative
Valerie Yingling

Learn about our advocacy with Delta Airlines
                 Christine Bouchard, Delta Airlines

Learn how to comment on new regulations for the Air Carrier
Access Act
                 John Pare
Executive Director for Advocacy & Policy

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

Elect our 2018 – 2020 leadership

Energizing reports from our affiliate divisions

                 As you see, the NAGDU events are 
filled with substance – the place to be if you 
are an active guide dog user and advocate. Plan 
to join us and enhance your knowledge and 
understanding. The NAGDU seminar and Annual 
Meeting are held in conjunction with the 
convention of the National Federation of the 
blind. This year’s convention will be held at

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819-9357

For more information about the National 
Federation of the Blind convention, such as 
registration information, room reservations, or 
other convention information, please 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate 
to get in touch with us by email to 
<mailto:info at nagdu.org>info at nagdu.org. To learn 
more about the National Association of Guide Dog 
Users, please 

We will see you in Orlando!

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