On the 15th of October was the world white cane day, so we’d like to highlight an activity launched in France by Leo Club Paris Rive Droite, in partnership with the Lions Clubs of France.
The service dog activity is based on a sticker, that sends a message of support for blind people.
Beeing blind is a huge burden in our society where we are so dependent on our eyesight. Blind people have a couple of options to help themself get through their daily life. One of those options are the well known guide dogs, which help their master find their way around the town. But having a dog with you 24/7 causes other problems, we as the non blind people, might not even think about.
One problem for example is entering shops with a guide dog: usually dogs are forbidden in shops. Even though guide dogs are allowed everywhere since 1987, most owners are not sure if they are really welcome in that particular shop they are about to enter. Especially supermarkets and other food stores don’t like our four legged friends between all their groceries. This can be a huge factor of insecurity for guide dog owners.
On the other side shop owners usually have no problem with well behaved guide dogs showing their masters the way around their store.
To allow shop owners to show their sympathy for guide dog owners, the French Leos of Leo Club Paris Rive Droite created this sticker that can be stuck at the shop door or window.
This will allow the family and friends of the blind dog owners, to identify guide dog friendly stores and recommend these shops to them.
The stickers are at the moment available in four languages: French, English, Italian and German.
More Infos at: http://lionsclubhelenkeller.fr/chien-guide-et-son-maitre/
If you want to take part in this activity then fill out the form:
and write an E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
If the sticker ist not available in your language yet, then contact them as well and be sure to bring this activity to your country!
Xavier Maechler – ILO MD 103 France
Alexander Kölpien – ILO MD 111 Germany