Information on use of Guide Dogs
Provision of information to all IGDB clients on VI rights, travel facilities, use of guide dogs, etc.
Guide Dogs - Legal & Policy
The law and persons with disabilities
Under the Equal Status Acts 2000 2012 and the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003, accommodation providers, i.e. hotel and guesthouse proprietors, are prohibited from discriminating against persons with disabilities.
Hotel and guesthouse proprietors must make reasonable changes to how their services are provided, where without these changes it would be impossible or unduly difficult for persons with disabilities to avail of those services.
This is known as reasonable accommodation. Hotel and guesthouse proprietors provide reasonable accommodation when they facilitate Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs on their premises while it is assisting its owner.
These obligations also extend to all publicly accessible spaces including pubs, restaurants and theatres. If you would like to know more or to speak directly with us please email email@example.com
Under Regulation EC 1107/2006 (Rights of Disabled People when Travelling by Air), European airports must provide assistance to passengers with a disability or reduced mobility. Similarly, airlines must provide assistance to persons with reduced mobility on board the flight.
Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs travel with their owner in the air cabin (free of charge) provided the air carrier, or its agent, or the tour operator has been notified in accordance with applicable national rules.
What Do You Need?
Since 2012, the Pet Passport travel requirements have been harmonised across the EU.
You need to have an EU Pet Passport for your Guide Dog or Assistance Dog certifying its microchip, rabies vaccination and echinococcus tapeworm treatment (the tapeworm treatment is not required when travelling from Ireland, Finland and the UK).
Where Do You Get the EU Pet Passport?
Your veterinary surgeon issues the pet passport to you.
I need more help
If you need more information on any of the above or help on a specific matter please contact Lean Kennedy our Advocacy and Policy Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at HQ on 021 4878 200.
Fighting Blindness Advocacy
- Retina International survey
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- Patient Narratives Survey
- Invitation to apply for EUPATI Patient Expert Training Course
- Fighting Blindness representative on LUAS User Accessibility Group
- Invitation to apply for IPPOSI-led Patient Education Programme