Guide Dogs seeks equal Euro rights

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (GDFBA) is to launch a Europe-wide campaign to improve legal rights for guide-dog users.

The charity is concerned about the lack of provision for guide dogs in some European countries. It wants the same rights of access to public places across Europe as there are in the UK. The UK passed the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995.

The campaign will be launched by Richard Howitt MEP, chair of the Disability Intergroup, at the European Guide Dog Forum on 27 June at the European Parliament in Brussels.

GDFBA public policy campaigns manager Rebecca Atherton said guide-dog schools across Europe had been lobbying their MEPs to attend the launch, and the charity was setting up interviews with media.

There is no set timeframe for the campaign, but the aim is to have a guide-dog clause in next year’s European Disability Directive.

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