Marion , thank you for the invitation but I cannot commit to anything. I have to many commitments now that I can't keep up with and will have to decline a few for 2014. I was asked to be on the board of the NYS Commission of the Blind in Albany . I have still not finished filling out the application and that was after Thanksgiving. I wish I could clone myself at times.
Marilyn and Anna On Thu, Jan 02, 2014 at 01:44 PM, Marion Gwizdala wrote: > Marilyn,
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.Marion -----Original Message-----From: guidebook-project-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:guidebook-project-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Marilyn tucciSent: Wednesday, January 01, 2014 9:23 AM To: guidebook-project@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [guidebook-project] Re: Introducing MyselfMarion 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