Marion I am glad to see you here. I did not know you and your wife are involved with mental health. I am hundreds of emails behind and as you know don't have much time to post but since I deal with mental health at my agency its a subject dear to me. This year I received an award from my work in advocacy in mental health from Mental Health. I was very honored for another agency to choose me. My agency closed early that day to be there . I think what people don't realize is when there is mental illness that needs to be treated first not the blindness. I had a guest speaker at the group I facilitate and he was one of the founders of his agency. I explained that people see the blindness and not the hidden disability.
Marilyn and Anna On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 03:00 PM, Marion Gwizdala wrote: > Dear All,
Many of you may already know me but may be unaware of otherinterests I bring to this project. My name is Marion Gwizdala; I serve as the president of the National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU), a strong & proud division of the National Federation of the Blind. As such, I am interested in offering my expertise on guide dog iddues and the relevant laws concerning the right of individuals to be accompanied by their guidedogs while accessing medical and/or mental health services. I also bring another perspective to this issue in that I am a mental health practitioner. I have been in private practice as a CertifiedHypnotherapist for more than 20 years and serve as co-Chair of the Policy & Law Committee of the Human Services Division of the NFB. My wife, Merry Schoch, is the president of the division and is in private practice as a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern. I am also a published author and amwilling to help in the editing of this manual. It seems as if we have a lot of great talent working on this project. I am looking forward to offering my input. With warm regards, Marion Gwizdala