Today in Parliament I have been supporting the Guide Dogs for the Blind Access all Areas campaign.
Almost half (49%) of guide dog owners surveyed have experienced an access refusal in the last year. They are 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.” says Guide dog owner, Steven
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 the 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.