Today, April 29th is International Guide Dog Day, a time to celebrate the important role Guide Dogs have in the lives of their blind or vision impaired owners.
This year to coincide with this special day Guide Dogs NSW/ACT are running a campaign called It’s time to end Guide Dog Discrimination. Please visit http://www.guidedogs.com.au/news-and-events/news/29-04-2015/international-guide-dog-day for more information about this wonderful initiative.
Here is a link to the campaign video which specially targets access refusal at cafes and restaurants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJDc0Q4FVv4&feature=youtu.be
I am fortunate that I haven’t personally experienced any discrimination with Wiley. That doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes feel anxious going new places, just in case I am denied access. Part of my job is to educate people on Guide Dog Access laws so I am well aware of the relevant legislation and would stand up for my right to enter any public place but as I dislike confrontation I know I’d be very upset. I hope that this years campaign goes a long way to preventing discrimination for Guide Dog teams.