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iMail, March 12, 2015
A new video tells the remarkable first-person stories of how visually-impaired men and women are finding independence from guide dogs donated and trained by the Guide Dogs of America (GDA), and how GDA makes sure every dog is a perfect match for their human partner.
You’ll hear from folks like Pam Metz, a GDA Graduate who is now able to navigate her daily tasks with the help of her guide dog, Kingston.
“My reason for getting a guide dog was that I needed to be independent,” said Metz. “I never have liked depending on anybody, and I needed the ability to go when I needed to go and do what I needed to do.”
Greg Steinmetz received his first guide dog, Proxy, in 2004.
“That really changed a lot for me and made me much more independent and confident and opened a lot of doors that I don’t think I would’ve gone through had I not had a guide dog,” said Steinmetz.
“Guide Dogs of America was founded to provide freedom and mobility to the blind and visually impaired,” said GDA President Dale Hartford. “So when they call the school, we know exactly what they need. We match them with a well-trained guide dog, and that allows them to travel through this world with freedom and independence – that’s our mission.”
GDA services are provided at no charge to guide dog recipients. All donations come from IAM members, IAM local and district events, caring individuals, businesses, foundations, clubs, and organizations as well as through wills and bequests. The cost to produce a qualified guide dog companion, train the dog and recipient as a team, and provide the follow-up services to ensure safety and effectiveness throughout the team’s working life, is over $42,000.
To learn more about Guided Dogs of America, call 818-362-5834 or visit www.guidedogsofamerica.org.
Oftentimes, people don't think about updating their address with their union hall. Even if you're retired, it's important to keep your address and phone number updated. To do so, just call the Dues Office. Employers and the USPS don't update the hall automatically.
IAM/Boeing Joint Programs is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Mango Languages to provide IAM-represented employees a new way to learn a language. Mango offers 60 foreign-language courses and 17 English language courses to choose from – and is continuously adding to their library of languages.
Learning with Mango is free for active IAM-represented Boeing employees. The Licenses will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You are encouraged to take advantage of this great resource.
Mango offers a fast, effective, and convenient solution all your language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real-life conversations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses also give users insight into global customs and an effective approach that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Mango keeps language learning intuitive and encourages learners to fit pieces and sentence structures together on their own using critical thinking and repetition.
Mango is accessible online wherever there is an internet connection, and offers free downloadable apps for learning anytime on iPhone and Android devices. Mango’s app is also available on iPad, Kindle, and Nook. Mango is for use on your personal computers and devices only; Boeing computers and devices should not be used for Mango.
Visit the IAM-Boeing Joint Programs website starting April 1, 2014 for information and to start learning the language of your dreams.