At CNIB Guide Dogs, we offer support for guide dog handlers across Canada, regardless of where their guide dog was trained. Through education and awareness, we are committed to ensuring social attitudes shift to universal acceptance and appreciation for guide dogs. We have many advocacy resources available, including a Guide Dog Handler Advocacy Toolkit and CNIB’s standard advocacy letter.
We focus on two types of advocacy: self-advocacy and advocating for group causes.
- Self-advocacy is speaking up for yourself. This could mean saying that you need to sit at the front of a bus with your guide dog, or telling someone it is dangerous for them to pet or distract your guide dog. It’s about knowing your rights and asserting them when they are challenged.
- Advocating for group causes is about influencing and changing legislation, policy and practices to benefit all people with guide dogs. Change can be sparked in one-on-one conversations between advocates and policy or decision makers, or it can come by building public awareness and ensuring legislators realize voters want change.
Despite guide dog handlers having access rights in every province for many years, refusals still happen every day. CNIB is here to help and support you. For more information, download our advocacy toolkit or contact us at email@example.com, or call 1-800-563-2642.