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# Guide Dogs

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# REFUSED ENTRY
Stranded, refused and left waiting: Disabled people 'on tenterhooks' trying to access taxis
Most accessibility-related complaints involved taxi drivers refusing to take guide dogs or wheelchair users.
Advocates are concerned low availability of accessible taxis is leading to reduced independence, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform.
Most accessibility-related complaints involved taxi drivers refusing to take guide dogs or wheelchair users.
Two-thirds of the current wheelchair accessible vehicles in the taxi fleet are based in the Greater Dublin area.
# Woof
'It's about giving people rights': Assistance dogs could become exempt from dog licences
Currently guide dogs are the only type of assistance dog that do not need a licence.
# access
'No-one else has to do this' - Irish Rail criticised over new travel plans for wheelchair users
Today Irish Rail invited people with disabilities to take a train ride from Connolly to Howth to talk about changes to the service.
# Irish Guide Dogs
Assistance dogs for children with autism available again after three-year wait
The last time the Irish Guide Dogs charity accepted applications was 2013.
# Hero
A guide dog threw itself in front of a bus to save its blind owner
But don’t worry! The dog is on the mend.
# Guide Dogs
Bray man Joe Bollard says his guide dog taught him to 'look forward and not back'
‘I trust my dog more than I would trust a human being to guide me.’
# Autism
'Since Zeta joined our family, we have led a normal life'
More than 100 children are currently waiting for an assistance dog.
Voices
'Dragging myself out of bed on cold mornings, I wonder if I'm mad – but it's for a good cause'
Ever fancied cycling cross-country from Kildare to Galway? It’s not always easy but you’ll raise much-needed funds (and have serious craic).
# haunting
This haunting, powerful ad featuring guide dogs is going viral and with good reason
Chills.
# smart navigation
This headset helps the blind navigate the city they're in
The device creates a 3D soundscape to aid its wearer, providing them with context to their surroundings.
# Dine in the dark
Could you manage to eat your dinner while wearing a blindfold?
An event doing just that will be held in Dublin, Limerick and Cork on World Sight Day, October 9.
# delfie
Dogs are now taking 'delfies' to raise money for an Irish charity*
*OK, their owners are. Whatever.
# guide me
Brilliant advert for guide dogs imagines other animals in their place
They’re not very good at the job.
# Guide Dogs
Sligo garda raising funds for guide dog charity after mother's freak accident
Monica Wims lost her sight two years ago but her guide dog Guinness has given her back her independence.
Voices
Column: I went blind at 14 – but my guide dog Miles has changed my life
Kevin Kelly was plunged into a world of darkness when he went completely blind at just 14, but thanks to his companion Miles he has been able to obtain a Master’s degree and pursue the career he wanted.