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.

  • Accessible360
  • On the Go by Julie Johnsonguide and service dogs
  • RuffWear
  • Texas Association of Guide Dog Users
  • Veterinarian Emergency Clinics of Central Floridaveterinary clinic logo

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 click here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about the National Association of Guide Dog Users, please click here.

We will see you in Orlando!

Marion Gwizdala, President National Association of Guide Dog Users Inc. (NAGDU) National Federation of the Blind.

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