Next "You and Your Guide Dog" to Feature GDUI President, Becky Barnes
If you are a guide dog user, then you've probably heard about Guide Dog Users, Inc., the consumer group that advocates for the civil rights of guide dog users and promotes member-to-member support and empathy to guide dog teams all over the world. To learn more about the organization, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this coming summer when they host their annual convention, in conjunction with the convention and conference of the American Council of the Blind in Louisville, KY, tune in to "You and Your Guide Dog," on April 11 at 8:00 p.m., where the featured guest will be GDUI President, Becky Barnes.
"We have a lot going on," says Barnes of Mount Kisco, NY, who is completing her fourth and final year as GDUI president. "In addition to celebrating 40 years of advocacy for guide dog users, we have a new user-friendly web site up and running, and we are holding elections for officers and several board positions in May. GDUI was the first American Council of the Blind affiliate to make voting universally available and accessible to all of our members, no matter where they live or whether or not they can attend one of our summer conventions, and our quarterly magazine, PawTracks, is also accessible to all of our members via its several formats that include DAISY text, an audio format, and .txt and .doc editions. The Americans with Disabilities Act will celebrate its 22nd year of existence this coming July, and last year, the U. S. Department of Justice updated the regulations that permit us to bring our dogs into government buildings, schools and theaters, restaurants and parks, and everywhere a person can travel, but there are still those situations when taxicab drivers zoom past and uninformed restaurant staff deny us the services to which we're entitled. That's why there's a GDUI, and we're excited to tell your audience about our organization. "
Hosted by Bob Acosta and friends, the webcast occurs on the second Wednesday of every month at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time Zone, in the Guide Dog users Room of http://Www.accessibleworld.org