Welcome to Dixie Land Guide Dog Users Online!
We Dixie Land Guide Dog Users are the South Carolina affiliate of Guide Dog Users, Inc. Scroll down to learn more about us and find out how you, too, can join the team!
We provide education for the sighted community and peer mentoring with advocacy for the blindness community (guide dog, cane and sighted guide users alike), while promoting one community at large.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Dixie Land Guide Dog Users has successfully participated in the sale of Belk's Charity Days ticket sales since 2005 and we embrace the opportunity to be a part of this year's event. From the funds thus far raised by these ticket sales Dixie Land has been able to sponsor our annual Southern Regional Top Dog Workshops, originated in Charleston and hosted in 3 other states! This weekend-long event was created in an attempt to educate the sighted community as to the special needs of the blind; to enlighten the blindness community on the various life-enhancing resources available to them; and, simply for everyone to join together in fun and fellowship!
Dixie Land knows the importance knowledge plays in an active community-blind or sighted-and reaches out to everyone by offering special "Sensitivity and Awareness" training to businesses, organizations, schools and various other groups. Such training allows a better understanding of and respect for those of us who must use a trained dog or long white cane for our safe, independent travel. We believe that we, the blind, must make a more active presence in our cities, towns and communities if we hope to be better recognized by the sighted. Therefore, Dixie Land has scheduled a series of programs with the SC Commission for the Blind and the SC School for the Deaf and Blind to inspire, motivate and reassure our blind brothers and sisters statewide.
Dixie Land is actively trying to erase the pitiful image of the blind beggar on the street corner by projecting a positive public image of one who is self-reliant, confident and very competent. Most importantly, Dixie Land Guide Dog Users is compiled of Christians, who show the world that, though some of us cannot see, God continues to use us by shining His light of love to guide others to Him. Indeed, our eyes may be broken, but our spirits are well and thriving!
Each time we get an opportunity to sell a Belk's Charity Days ticket, we are given the chance to witness to someone. Participating in Belk's Charity days allows us to tell the community what we do; educate others on our special needs; raise funds to better educate, motivate and inspire others; and to witness for God!
Favorite Links and Resources
- Association for the Blind, Charleston, SC, proud sponsor of Dixie Land GDU!
- Charleston Pet Resort (a proud sponsor of Top Dog 2010!)
- Dragon Boat Charleston, proud sponsor of Dixie Land GDU!
- Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center
- Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Inc.
- Guide Dog Users of Florida, a Top Dog 2010 Sponsor!
- Guide Dog Users, Inc.
- Guide Dogs for the Blind
- Guide Dogs of America
- Guiding Eyes for the Blind
- Leader Dogs for the Blind
- Pilot Dogs
- Retina Consultants of Charleston, proud sponsor of Dixie Land GDU!
- Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.
- The Seeing Eye