[nagdu] Guide Dogs and childcare centers

Star Gazer pickrellrebecca at gmail.com
Mon Sep 1 22:12:29 UTC 2014

			I'd just go in and expect them to deal with it. If
you tell them you're blind ahead of time, they will think of their 90 year
old grandma or that you have two heads. I'd just go in, say "Hi, I'm
(whatever your name is) and act like you've got every right to be there,
which you do. 

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From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Joanne Michelle
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Sent: Monday, September 1, 2014 4:29 PM
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Subject: [nagdu] Guide Dogs and childcare centers

Okay, this is going to be a rather lengthy message, so hang onto your hats
Next week, I am starting a volunteer position with a local childcare center.
This was probably a bad move on my part, but I let my fear of rejection
solely based on disability dictate whether or not I should disclose my
disability, and ultimately, I went against it. they do not know I have a
service dog, and I have never visited this place before, so I don't know
what it's like. I am not going to bring my black labrador retriever for the
first day, at least until I've checked with staff to make sure none of the
kids have allergies or a fear of dogs, just to be safe. Was this a good
idea, or should I call before going in and let them know I'm blind? Maybe
I'm just paranoid, but I don't know how they're going to react to me, let
alone a dog in harness. I was told Ditra is good around children, and have
seen for myself that she does well, but how do I go about explaining to
little ones that she's a Guide Dog? I've heard some parents say, "That's a
working dog," and the kids get it, but sometimes parents don't always know
how to explain her job well to the children. the kids only know, "Don't
touch that dog, it's working," but I can tell somehow that they don't quite
understand exactly how she helps me. Suggestions for both of these issues
are welcome either on here or privately. thank you.
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