[nfbwatlk] Comment from Mary Ellen, please

Mary ellen gabias at telus.net
Tue Mar 24 17:11:24 UTC 2015

Thanks, Debbie.  I think you got it!  The Vancouver school is building a
million dollar facility and doesn't have enough blind people wanting guide
dogs to justify it.  Now they're serving people with autism, too, mostly so
they can justify their expansion.  (That's my somewhat cynical take on

There seem to be problems with people buying service dog jackets on line so
they can take their pets into public places.  This doesn't apply to guide
dogs, but the legislature is putting together a "one size fits all" law that
will have a harsh impact on blind people.  People with service dogs may need
them for some very important things.  Only blind people, to my knowledge,
need dogs for something as basic as moving from one place to another.

I may ask NAGDU members to write the BC legislature because the requirement
for certification may restrict people from visiting.  I'll keep you posted.

Mary Ellen

-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Debby
Phillips via nfbwatlk
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:55 AM
To: Mike Freeman; semisweetdebby at gmail.com; nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Comment from Mary Ellen, please

The problem with this law, just as ones that were proposed here in the
States is this.  There are a number of people who train their own dogs, or
have dogs privately trained for them.  Who certifies those dogs? And who
will pay for this kind of certification.  And what if hypothetically,
everyone who uses a wheelchair, long white cane, hearing aid, walker,
crutches, all had to have licenses and some form of identification to do so?

People would be screaming bloody murder.  So why should people with service
dogs have to show some kind of identification? I think this is a bid by this
Canadian school to have a monopoly on 
where people get their dogs, JMO.  Hopefully it will not pass.    
Peace,    Debby

nfbwatlk mailing list
nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org
To unsubscribe, change your list options or get your account info for

More information about the NFBWATlk mailing list