Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI) is a membership-based organization offering support for the blind and visually impaired who are partnered with a guide dog. It’s an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and a founding member of the Coalition of Assistance Dog Organizations (CADO).
GDUI’s primary goals are to:
- Encourage acceptance of individuals with sight-related disabilities and their guide dogs
- Promote the enforcement, expansion, and standardization of access laws
- Advocate for quality training and follow-up services
As part of achieving these goals, the organization publishes a quarterly audio magazine called PawTracks, as well as “Making Impressions: A Handbook for the Prospective Guide Dog Handler,” which is available for free and in alternative formats. Also, GDUI’s free product catalog is offered in braille, large print, cassette, and IBM disk.
People partnered with guide dogs enjoy a number of benefits from membership with Guide Dog Users, Inc. GDUI has members across North America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Japan, and other countries.
Just a few benefits of membership include:
- A subscription to PawTracks
- Help via the GDUI Disaster & Preparedness Program
- Peer support from the GDUI empathizer team
- Training for self-advocacy on guide dog partner issues
- Email chat lists
A number of US states have local GDUI chapters. If yours is one of them, you’re encouraged to join the local branch. Find a list of state affiliates here on the GDUI website.
Guide Dog Users, Inc. offers a free basic membership with limited access to its content. Learn more about the levels of membership and sign up here on the GDUI website.