Greet ‘eyes’

A RECENT survey by Vision Australia shows that one in two people using a Seeing Eye Dog have felt discriminated against while out with their dog.

The dogs provide the gift of independence by becoming the �eyes� of a person who is blind or has low vision.

Unfortunately, there are too many instances where Seeing Eye Dog handlers are refused entry to cafes, restaurants, taxis and various other locations.

Nevertheless, we celebrated International Guide Dog Day on April 29 and so we thank the community for showing a great deal of affection and respect towards the dogs and their handlers.

In addition, we ask they be vocal in the defence of the rights of Seeing Eye Dogs when they see an injustice.

Vision Australia encourages people always to welcome these incredible dogs and their handlers into all venues and locations across Australia.

LEIGH GARWOOD,

general manager,

Seeing Eye Dogs Australia.