I applaud the campaign by the Guide Dogs Association of the Blind to make Singapore more guide dog-friendly ("Call to be guide dog-friendly nation"; last Sunday).
Guide dogs are the "eyes" of their handlers, helping them move around safely so they can lead normal and enriching lives. The move to train guide dogs locally will lower costs.
Perhaps it is time to also start preparing blind people who are keen to become guide-dog handlers.
Next would be to educate the public on the role of guide dogs.
It is not uncommon to hear of guide dogs being refused entry to shopping malls or on public transport.
Many people do not know that these dogs are not pets but working dogs that must not be distracted when they are on duty.
It will take a concerted effort from everyone for guide dogs and their handlers to be accepted by society.
- Lim Lih Mei (Ms)
This article was first published on Jan 25, 2015.
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