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Nominations for 2014 GDUI Elections

Applications for the upcoming June elections (date to be announced) are now being accepted by the GDUI Nominating Committee. All GDUI officer positions, as well as two director positions on the board are up for election this year. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, May 9.  Please click below for more information.


GDUI Hosts Interviews With Guide Dog Schools!

GDUI is proud to present a series of teleconferences, Interviews With Guide Dog Schools! 

Part 1 features Guide Dogs of America and Leader Dogs for the Blind held on February 22, 2014.
To listen to a recording of that teleconference:
click here
Part 2 features Pilot Dogs and Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center on March 22, 2014 at 1 PM EST.
To listen and participate please join by calling 712-432-0075, access code 714670 at that time.
To listen to a recording of that teleconference:
call 712-432-1085, access code  714670 
or click here

Advocacy Opportunity, Improve Reasonable Accommodations For Guide Dog Handlers At US Airports


If you are a guide dog handler or if you care to assist in advocating for reasonable accommodations for guide dog handlers, please read and take action on the following information which GDUI has received today and is sharing. 

The public comment that is referred to in the below letter from the FAA was public comment back at the time that I served as GDUI's Legislative Committee Chairperson. The comment opportunity came about due to our committee's work with TSA that prompted TSA to publish guidance for airports about service dog relief areas. GDUI participated in that public comment opportunity and publicized it widely at the time. GDUI actually facilitated public comment by those of us who are blind by providing user-friendly links directly to the public comment pages since those government-provided pages were unacceptably difficult for screen-readers to use. The public comment on the topic from guide dog handlers alone amounted to almost 400 unique letters of comment from interested guide dog handlers and this clear message was successful in getting the ball rolling for positive change! 


Now, it's time to take the next step in the process to advocate for user-friendly reasonable accommodations for guide dog handlers who travel via air.

Thanks for your support in this important process!


The following important opportunity for our comment has been offered to us by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 


Please read on and please provide your constructive input to the FAA on this important issue for all travelers who travel assisted by a guide dog. 


Thank you, 

Laurie Mehta - President, GDUI 


For further details please see, this  letter from FAA .


GDUI Calls for a National Service Animal Protection Law

Please see Press Release October 14, 2013

Please click  here to sign our online petition.


Public Relations Committee Launches an announcement system via the telephone.

From the Public Relations Committee, Guide Dog users, Inc.

A Telephonic one-way announcement system


Dear Members and Friends of Guide Dog Users, Inc.


The public Relations Committee is very pleased to inform you that we now have in place a one-way Announcement system via the telephone.


To access our System, please call: 1-641-715-3900: Extention: 304987 followed by the pound number key. The message will begin. While listening to the message, members and friends can do the following: press the number 2 key to rewind the message 30 seconds. Press the number 3 key to fast forward the message 30 seconds. Press the number 8 key to pause or resume the message. Press the number 0 key to end the message.


We plan to put up new announcements each week on Tuesdays when we have something to present.


If you have any questions or want to leave a message please write to: or telephone  1866-799-8436 to speak to our Office manager.


Bear in mind that this is new to us all, but it is our attempt to provide timely information to our members and friends.


Robert Acosta, Chair

Public Relations Committee, Guide Dog users, Inc.


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