Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu) and the European Guide Dog Federation (EGDF) have joined forces to lobby together in Brussels to get the Equal Treatment Directive onto the agenda of the European Commission, and to gain public access for all assistance dogs and those in training.
ADEu and EGDF cannot achieve this task on their one. They need your help.
Helping us is very easy:
- Please report every problem concerning public access to the school who trained your dog and to Mark van Gelder ([email protected]). Why? Politicians do need statistics. If we cannot give them any numbers they will be loath to tackle this problem.
- EGDF and ADEu plan to launch a petition concerning public access for all assistance dogs and assistance dogs in training in, hopefully in early2015. If you agree on the necessity of public access for all assistance dogs and assistance dogs in training, please do sign this petition. If we can collect enough signatures, members of the European Parliament, and more specifically, several Committees will work on this issue. But once again, we do need your help.
On a national level, many European Assistance Dogs programmes are actively lobbying to change legislation in their own country to ensure assistance dog partnerships get equal treatment and full access to all public buildings. In most countries this also includes public access for assistance dogs in training. It is important we continue to do this.
If you have any questions about public access in Europe, please contact Mark van Gelder –[email protected]