The National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU) is an important organization for the guide dog industry and community. It’s a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization for the blind in the United States; NAGDU membership includes NFB membership.
NAGDU is a leading resource for guide dog programs, people partnered with guide dogs, their loved ones, and those who might benefit from acquiring an assistance dog that helps the blind and visually impaired.
The association identifies four key goals:
- Ensure effective, responsible training practices among guide dog providers
- Inform guide dog partners about their rights and responsibilities
- Educate the public about access rights for blind people handling guide dogs
- Promote legislation that ensures guide dog users have equal opportunities
In addition, NAGDU provides advocates for those who were discriminated against in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other relevant laws.
If you or a loved one are looking for a reputable guide dog training program—whether just to ask some preliminary questions or to embark on the partnership process—use the National Association of Guide Dog Users’ list of providers as a starting point. Its list provides links directly to provider websites to easily get additional information.