Guide Dog Users of the Empire State Home Page

Canine eyes to guide
Trust,  Autonomy and pride
Together we go

Welcome to the home page for Guide Dog Users of the Empire State. We hope you enjoy your virtual experience with us. Call us anytime by dialing toll-free: 518-330-7459

Though we are a newly formed group, thanks to our members, we are fortunate to collectively benefit from over 50 years of working and living with guide dogs.

We are a chapter of the American Council of the Blind of New York  ( Geographically diverse, our members meet via teleconference bimonthly as well as in person during the annual New York ACB State convention and conference.

We strive to be a strong voice for all guide dog users living in New York State. We understand the challenges that sometimes happen when traveling with our dogs and we are developing a network of educational information, social support and resources to assist handlers during these instances. Access refusal is not only illegal, it compromises our civil Rights and can impact our ability to independently travel.

The path we walk together is unique and rewarding– with your help, we can become an effective tool and source of support for all guide dog users residing in New York.

Do you want to know more about guide and service dogs? Go here to read the Americans with Disabilities Act revised section on service animals:

Questions about the ADA regulations and how they apply in public? Go here:

FAQ Do you have questions about how a guide dog performs a task. We’ve got the answers.

Check out our FAQ Page!

Testimonials — to read how partnering with a guide dog can enhance the independence for someone who is blind.

{Coming soon}

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New Logo!

We are grateful to April Chiappetta who made our new logo! You can follow April on Instagram at her handle fortheloveof_flowers.

International Guide Dog Day

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino met with guide dog  users and advocates in recognition of International Guide Dog Day. Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Westchester Council of the Blind received proclamations from Mr. Astorino in honor of International Guide Dog Day.

The president of Guide Dog Users of the Empire State and the Director of the Office for People with Disabilities for Westchester County were also present, joined by a County employee who is a guide dog user and two other guide dog teams, also Westchester residents.

International Guide Dog day was instituted in 1989 to commemorate the formation of the International Guide Dog Federation and is recognized worldwide on the last Wednesday of April.

Read the full press release here!