Guide Dogs
 
American Council of the Blind
Resolution 2013-18
 
Summary
 
This organization calls upon guide dog schools that before decisions are made that will substantially downsize schools, management shall reach out to graduates so that such decision-making can be collaborative; that each school shall include at least two graduates on their governing body; that schools be encouraged to schedule regular conference calls with their graduates to facilitate effective, two-way communication
 
WHEREAS, there is a long history of close cooperation between guide dog schools and their graduates; and
 
WHEREAS, guide dog schools engage in significant resource development activities to support their programs; and
 
WHEREAS, graduates are indispensable partners with schools in such fund-raising efforts; and
 
WHEREAS, a number of guide dog schools have laid off staff recently, including trainers and individuals who support graduates once they return to their home communities; and
 
WHEREAS, in several cases, graduates of guide dog schools are concerned that the remaining staff resources will be insufficient to assure that the training and support of dog guide teams will maintain the high standard that has come to be expected;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 11th day of July, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, that this organization call upon guide dog schools to take the following steps:

  1. Before decisions are made that will substantially downsize schools, management shall reach out to graduates so that such decision-making can be collaborative.
  1. Each school shall include at least two graduates on their governing body.
  1. Schools are encouraged to schedule regular conference calls with their graduates to facilitate effective, two-way communication; an

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be sent to the board of directors of Guide Dog Users, Inc. for their review and possible endorsement.
 
Adopted.

Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary