8 August 2017
Source: Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs announce the Access All Areas petition has a hand in date of Wednesday 18th October. The petition asks the Government to make sure that all taxi and minicab drivers receive disability equality training, have you signed? Access all Areas Petition
Almost half (49%) of guide dog owners surveyed have experienced an access refusal in the last year. We’re campaigning so that assistance dog owners can access taxis, shops and restaurants without being refused entry, in line with their legal rights.
“Each refusal is crushing, confidence shattering, rejecting, and traumatic. I always feel that I don’t want to go out after – but work dictates I must.” Guide dog owner, Stevenage
Under the Equality Act, guide dog and other assistance dog owners have the right to enter the majority of services, premises and vehicles with their dog. However our survey has shown that the majority of assistance dog owners have been refused access to somewhere. The most frequent places that guide dog owners are refused access is taxis, restaurants and shops.