In 1972 a group of blind people associated with the American Council of the Blind decided to form a special interest affiliate chapter devoted to the use of guide dogs. Guide Dog Users Inc. (GDUI) began as a grass-roots organization with an emphasis on peer support. Over Thirty years and 600+ members later, we can't all fit around the kitchen table anymore, but GDUI's members continue to value the sense of community, passion and personal dedication behind everything the organization undertakes.
GDUI is a registered 501C3 not-for-profit organization incorporated in Washington DC. We receive no government funding. While the organization does benefit from the support of the American Council of the blind, the majority of its services, projects and activities are funded through membership dues, profits from product sales and tax-deductible donations and bequests from generous individuals.
GDUI is governed through a constitution and bylaws adopted by its membership. Amendments are developed by the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and voted upon each year at the annual general business meeting.
Many of those who generously donate their time and skills to GDUI do so in their "spare time" in addition to pursuing demanding careers, contributing to their home communities and living active personal and family lives.