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Florida Association of Guide Dog Users (FLAGDU)



Merry Schoch, Division President


The Florida Association of Guide Dog Users (FLAGDU) is a strong and proud division of the National Federation of the Blind of Florida as well as a division of the
> National Association of Guide Dog Users.


FLAGDU provides:

Advocacy — for those who experience access denial and other forms of discrimination because of their guide dog

Education — for the public in the best ways to interact with guide dog users and their dogs

Information — for businesses in their rights and responsibilities pertaining to customers using service animals

Knowledge and Mentoring — For those interested in choosing the right guide dog program for their needs and

for those new guide dog handlers looking for encouragement and advice

For sharing all things related to using a guide dog

To learn more, or to become a member, please contact:

Merry Schoch, President
Phone: 813-625-1850

Board of Directors


Merry Schoch, President
Marion Gwizdala, Vice President
Sherrill O’Brien, Secretary
Tom Bellone, Treasurer

Board Members:
Kathy Davis
Barbara Gaw
Michelle Yongue


FLAGDU Email List Information

The following is the statement of the purpose of the  FLAGDU email list, as well as instructions on how to subscribe.

The purpose of the Florida Association of Guide Dog  Users’-FLAGDU list, is to provide a forum for discussion and information to  guide dog users and other

interested persons.  This list will feature  announcements and activities of the Florida Association of Guide Dog  Users.  Topics related specifically

to this division will include business,  fundraising projects, advocacy issues, and planning for our annual meeting which  takes place during the Florida

affiliate’s State convention. General topics will  include information for those

interested in learning about obtaining and  working with a guide dog, guide dog schools, training, care  and retirement  of a dog, and access and legislative

issues pertaining to guide dog use.


To join the list go to:

or simply send e-mail to 

and put  the word subscribe in the subject line.



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