Guide Dogs highlights modern hazards for the blind

Visual impairment charity Guide Dogs is to use its 75th birthday next year to emphasise the need for guide-dog training in a world that it recognises as ever more challenging for blind people.

The charity is to contrast problems faced by the visually impaired in the 1930s with modern-day  challenges – such as street bollards and heavy traffic.

The campaign will kick off on 26 January with a launch event in the Isle of Dogs, London. Guide Dogs is also preparing a 'touring museum', while a press office will be set up at Crufts annual dog show in March.

The events are being planned around the charity's 'Moving Forward Together' theme, which focuses on the future needs of visually impaired people and calls for them to be given equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities.

'There has been considerable progress since the early 1930s,' said Guide Dogs media and special projects manager Chris Dyson. 'But this year, by comparing the past with the present, we will be able to show how access can still be an issue for the visually impaired and how guide-dog training has been enhanced to deal with new challenges and obstruction.'

Guide Dogs has also redesigned its logo ahead of its 75th anniversary on 6 October 2006.

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