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When can guide dogs get access to public facilities in Beijing?

04-10-2012 08:25 BJT

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As the world marks International Guide Dog month, which begins in April each year, people in China are trying to raise awareness on the need for more guide dogs.

In the capital Beijing, there are only 7 guide dogs for the city’s 60,000 plus blind residents. And on top of the low numbers, guide dogs are denied access to public transport and public places.

Jenny, a guide dog who has been working in Beijing for about a year.

Poll: Guide Dogs     (Total Votes:Loading
1.Have you seen guide dogs in your city?
A. Yes
B. No
C. I am not sure.
2.Do you think that guide dogs should be permitted to take public facilities?
A. Yes, they give services to the blind.
B. Maybe no. They may cause some inconvenience.
C. Hard to say.

Meet Jenny, a guide dog who has been working in Beijing for about a year. When she tries to take the subway with her owner Chen Yan, transport staff turn them away.

But other passengers have a different view. A Beijing resident, said, "I think guide dogs should be allowed to take the bus, because they are service dogs for the blind.”

Taking a cab was Chen’s last hope. Over 10 cabs refused to pull over. One cab finally stopped, but the result was disappointing. A driver said, "I am not sure whether I can take a dog, sorry."

In the capital Beijing, there are only 7 guide dogs for the city’s
60,000 plus blind residents.

Chen was forced to take an unlicensed taxi, with extra charges. Guide dogs were permitted to take public transportation during the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, but after the event ended, the provisional law lost its force.

Ping Yali, champion of Beijing Paralympic Games, said, "The inconvenience guide dogs bring to people in public places is limited, they should have the rights to go inside."

Current regulations in Beijing don’t state clearly whether guide dogs are permitted on public transportation.

Lv Zhengming, vice chairman of Beijing Disabled Persons Federation, said, "We’ve been improving the details of the regulation, and cooperating with departments concerned to offer barrier-free passage for the blind with guide dogs."

Chen Yan is trying to raise awareness about the importance of guide dogs by posting details about Jenny’s life on her micro-blog. She hopes that change will come soon, so that she and Jenny, and thousands like them, can travel freely and safely.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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