Affiliate News

Midwest Leadership Conference Postponed

The 2016 Midwest Leadership Conference and Young Professionals Seminar, originally scheduled for Aug. 5-7 in Omaha, Neb., has been postponed until August 2017.  A number of issues have come up recently to make it impractical to hold the seminar this year as originally planned.  The 2017 conference will take place in Omaha, Neb. Thanks to all who had committed to attend and make presentations at the 2016 conference, as well as those who offered financial support.

Top Dog 2017

Top Dog 2017 will be held Jan. 12-15, 2017 at the Holiday Inn and Suites across from Universal Orlando. Room rates are $89 per night plus tax.  Prices for other hotel accommodation options will be available in the registration announcement.
Registration will be open by late August or early September.  We will provide a comprehensive program description at that time as well as specific instructions to register for both Top Dog and hotel rooms.
Our program is going to be exciting, educational and enjoyable. During the event, you will have an opportunity to participate in a CPR course for your guides, take part in our traditional blessing of the guide dogs, hear from a renowned veterinarian about canine allergies and their treatment, hear about the latest in way-finding technologies and experience using them with your dogs by appointment during the event, receive updates from guide dog schools, and learn from experts about the current status of coming to terms with the issues of service dog fraud in the public arena and air travel with our guides. 
The exhibit hall will have a wide variety of useful products.  Come, learn and explore, and check out various devices.
For more information, contact Debbie Grubb, Top Dog coordinator, at (941) 281-2728 or (941) 228-6296, or e-mail