[guidebook-project] Re: Introducing Myself

  • From: "Marion Gwizdala" <marion.gwizdala@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <guidebook-project@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:44:16 -0500

        Thank you for the warm welcome. I would like to invite you to join the 
Human Services Division discussion list. We are working on severl important 
issues, including accessible licensing examinations, accessible EMR, and 
creating guidance on issues of driver license requirements.


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[mailto:guidebook-project-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Marilyn tucci
Sent: Wednesday, January 01, 2014 9:23 AM
To: guidebook-project@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [guidebook-project] Re: Introducing Myself

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 other interests 
> 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 guide dogs 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 Certified 
> Hypnotherapist 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 am willing 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

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