Gary is the president of Outta Sight Travel. Originally from Queens New York.
he has been in Florida since June of 1980. He has been legally blind since birth
and totally blind since 1984. Having a love for electronics, he is a ham radio operator,
and a Computer Access Technology Specialist and Trainer. Gary has been traveling
extensively in the past few years and would like for other blind and visually impaired
people to experience things that they may not be aware that are accessible to them.
He has the ability and technology to provide itineraries and other pertinent travel
information in accessible format such as large print, Braille and electronic formats.
Gary is extremely active in the LIONS, having served as President, vice president
and board member. He has received numerous awards including the Governor's Achievement
Award, Golden Chain Award, Anchor Award, 100% attendance for five years straight
and the President's Excellence Award. Gary is also very active with the local affiliate
of the American Council of the Blind, is a member of the Treasure Coast Travel Industry
Association, Fort Pierce Lodge #87 F&AM, and serves on the board of directors of
the 20 - 200 Fellowship.
Jackie has been in the travel and hospitality industry since her younger days. She
worked with a full service travel until the agency closed in 2002. She has taken
numerous destination specialist courses and is the recipient of a scholarship for
the Certified Travel Associate course through the Travel Institute. Jackie has done
extensive research in the field of handicapped travel (with an emphasis on the visually
impaired). Being the sighted member of the member of the Outta sight team, she has
made all the necessary travel arrangements for her husband and his guide dog. Being
aware that "sight seeing" is not an option for those who can not see, she attempts
to provide multisensory approaches as travel options. An active member of the LIONS
organization, and having perfect attendance for over 8 years and recipient of the
following awards: Melvin Jones Fellow, Lion of the Year, the Golden Chain Award,
Anchor Award and Secretary's award. Jackie is serving as the District Drive Director
for the LIONS for Southeastern Guide Dogs. She is also very active with the Treasure
Coast Travel Industry Association.
"Doc" is a graduate of Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. of Palmetto, Florida. He was
born on November 29, 1999 and entered service as a guide dog on November 16, 2001.
"Doc" is a yellow Labrador Retriever. To graduate as a guide dog the animal must
learn over 40 commands. When in work harness, he is a conscientious guide. Out
of harness, "Doc" is a lovable, sweet "puppy." Dr. John loves to cruise, travel
on airplanes and going to shows. He has "seen" the Producers on Broadway, has met
many production show stars, has been to concerts in major arenas and enjoys going
out to eat. His travels have made his master aware that other guide dog teams may
also like to travel and they could perhaps assist them with the necessary paperwork
required to do so.