Guide Dogs for the Blind
American Council of the Blind
This organization urges the GDB board of directors, in the future, to take no actions similar to those discussed in this resolution without prior consultation and input from its graduates.
WHEREAS, Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) has long been one of the pre-eminent guide dog schools in the nation; and
WHEREAS, recent actions of the GDB leadership team have raised serious questions about the school's ability to continue to provide quality services; and
WHEREAS, these actions have included, but are not limited to:
- The severing from employment of some of the school's most dedicated, well qualified and experienced training staff;
- Dramatically reducing the number of field representatives, who provide, among other functions, follow-up services; and
- Utterly disregarding graduate input; and
WHEREAS, over 500 graduates and friends of GDB have signed a petition demanding a change in the current GDB leadership team; and
WHEREAS, the above-referenced actions suggest that it is doubtful that a consensus can ever be reached between a majority of GDB graduates and the current leadership of GDB;
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 urgently request that the GDB board of directors, based on the overwhelming concerns expressed by GDB graduates, bring about a change in its leadership; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization urge the GDB board of directors, in the future, to take no actions similar to those discussed in this resolution without prior consultation and input from its graduates.
Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary