Dear Selah, hi. This is Dale Petersen. It's been a while since I seen you – probably William Benjamin's party. Itwas the Christmas party, last year, I believe. Anyway I received this email this morning, and I am The content and/origin of the topic you are discussing two members.please include me about faint "training" and the allegorical reference of ignorance, Evil and indifference. I would be honored, if my Pinion or input isconsidered. Sincerely, Dale Dale E. Petersen, Jr > On Oct 12, 2014, at 9:20 PM, Sila Miller <Silamiller@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > > ----- Original Message ----- > > From: "Marion Gwizdala via Nfbf-l" <nfbf-l@xxxxxxxxxx> > > Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2014 11:58 AM > > Subject: [Nfbf-l] Is Training the Answer? > > > Dear all, > > > There have been some comments that the answer to the issue > > of discrimination because of the use of a guide dog is more training. Though > > I agree that training should be an essential element, such training should > > be done before law enforcement and security have direct citizen contact, not > > as the resolution of discrimination! When such discrimination occurs, > > though, disciplinary action must include a binding agreement that includes > > additional training and specific injunctions. > > > > I want to remind you that this discrimination was not, > > contrary to the minimizations of the Secretary of State's office, the result > > of the actions of one security officer. It was not even the result of the > > actions of two or three security officers. It was perpetrated by six > > officers, one of whom admitted he was the supervisor who had ordered the > > actions of the others. When I spoke with Darren Fancher who told me he > > oversees the security contractors for the Florida Department of management > > Services DMS), he first said he was unaware of the incident; then he said he > > might have heard something about it; and then he advised me he had ordered a > > full investigation! All I can say is that he did a lot of work in the three > > minutes he was on the telephone with me! > > > > During our demonstration on Friday, at least five members of > > the general public stopped to ask about the purpose of our demonstration. > > When we told them of the discrimination levied by the security officers they > > were astonished that such discrimination is still occurring. Now, if members > > of the general public are aware of the laws that provide our rights of > > access, how can we excuse the actions of those who have a greater > > responsibility to the public on matters of law? Some of you may not be aware > > that the state of Florida passed the first legislation concerning the right > > of access for a blind person to public places with a guide dog in 1949, 65 > > years ago! The Americans with disabilities Act has been in effect since > > 1990, 24 years! The laws of the state of Florida are in every library and > > MyFlorida.com and implementing regulations of the ADA are published in the > > Federal Register and are readily available on the Department of Justice > > website, as well as on the NAGDU website and a number of other sites. Oh, > > and did I mention there's now an app for that? > > > > During the period of July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014, the NAGDU Information and > > advocacy Hotline receive 1,063 calls from individuals seeking information > > about the rights and responsibilities of service dog users or seeking > > assistance because of discrimination. While on my way to Tallahassee, I took > > a call to the hotline from an individual in Kissimmee who is being told he > > cannot ride in a taxicab with his dog. This list has seen news reports about > > hotels, restaurants, hospitals, convenience stores, doctor's offices, and > > theaters denying access to service dog users. When are we going to say we > > will no longer tolerate discrimination? When are we going to demand that law > > enforcement and security officers licensed by the state receive effective > > training so that, when we do call them for assistance because of > > discrimination we are not dismissed with the same old excuse that this is a > > civil matter when we know it is criminal? When are we going to call the > > State's Attorneys to task for sweeping the law under the rug and sending the > > message that they are not interested in securing our civil rights by > > failing > > to prosecute offenders? When will we demand that the state of Florida > > demonstrate the right way to handle discrimination is to take swift, > > decisive, and effective measures to punish those who violate the law and our > > civil rights? Well, the national Federation of the Blind and the National > > Association of guide dog Users made that decision some time ago! Now, it is > > up to the grassroots members - you and me - to see it to the end! The > > National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the > > characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the > > expectations of blind people because low expectations are the barriers that > > stand between us and our dreams. > > > This issue is not about one person being harassed because of > > her guide dog! It is about the state of Florida dismissing us until we asked > > the media to tell the story of state-sponsored discrimination against us! If > > we had not pressed the issue, it would have been ignored! Every citizen of > > the state and of the nation should be concerned about this because this sort > > of discrimination erodes the very fabric of freedom on which our society is > > built. Until everyone who reads this message gets out from behind their > > computers and stands on the barriers with us, we will continue to face > > discrimination and low expectations. We are a powerful organization only > > when we stand together against injustice. I encourage you to join me as we > > work together to remove the barriers that stand between blind people and our > > dreams! > > > > Fraternally yours, > > > Marion Gwizdala, President > > > National Association of Guide Dog Users Inc. > > > National Federation of the Blind > > > > High expectations create unlimited potential for the blind!