I joined the Guide Dogs charity to hear about this year’s campaign and to pledge his support for their Safer Streets campaign.
This campaign is designed to raise awareness that our streets are shared spaces and that we need to ensure that they are accessible to all.
When cars are parked on pavements, people with a vision impairment may have to risk their lives by walking into the road just to get by them. This is an issue that also impacts parents with prams, wheelchair users, older people and many others. Read more “Supporting Guide Dogs charity at Labour conference”
Today, (21 June 2019) I joined the Guide Dogs charity to experience first hand what it is like to navigate our streets with a guide dog when you have sight loss.
The afternoon was organised by the Guide Dogs charity and allowed me to walk around Flint with guide dog Mason who ensured that I was kept safe whilst walking with his vision impaired.
Along the walk I was able to talk to the charity about the issues they are campaigning on. Two of the big campaigns at the moment are tackling the over-use of street furniture and ensuring that people know it is illegal to refuse access to a premises or mode of transport if they have a guide dog. Read more “Guide Dogs in Flint”
I attended an event in Parliament this week run by the charity Guide Dogs to raise awareness of discrimination against guide dog owners. I heard from guide dog owners about the impact of being turned away by businesses because of their dog. They also collected a Christmas card with messages highlighting Guide Dogs’ Access All Areas campaign.
It is against the law to refuse access to a disabled person accompanied by an assistance dog except in the most exceptional circumstances. However, a Guide Dogs survey found that three quarters of assistance dog owners reported that they had been refused entry by businesses. Read more “Supporting Guide Dogs charity in Parliament”
I have met with the Guide Dogs charity to discuss the impact of pavement parking / clutter on our streets and its impact for people with sight loss or other disabilities.
Pavement parking is a growing problem as more and more homes are built without off road parking meaning that car owners are parking on pavements. This is combined with streets which are becoming more cluttered with wheelie bins, road signs, traffic cones, and bicycles to name but a few. Read more “Supporting Guide Dogs campaign to end pavement parking”