I attended a Disability Forum on Monday and was horrified to hear how some people treat disabled people.
The reason I attend meetings like this is for a positive impact on the local community and hope that things get implemented nationally for the benefit of others.
One thing that made my blood boil was two ladies who attend this meeting are blind and have guide dogs. They use public transport and have great difficulty obtaining assistance from members of the public or staff on these services.
School children are kicking and stamping on their guide dogs whilst they use public transport. These dogs are not pets and without them they could not get about and would be trapped indoors.
I hope that things improve radically in the future so that the people who are doing this stop and realise what impact their actions are having.
I am disgusted to know that these things are taking place and was so appalled I am doing something about it.
The transport providers are being asked to attend the forum on a regular basis so that problems can be addressed and I really hope that this one gets resolved sooner rather than later.
Another issue that comes up regularly is mothers will not collapse their buggies to allow a wheelchair user on a bus or train so that the disabled person can occupy the space allocated for a wheelchair. The wheelchair sign is only guidance at present and until 2016 can not be enforced.
All the drivers can do is patiently ask a mother to put her buggy down if she refuses then the disabled person cannot access their chosen mode of transport thus resulting in them being left behind at the bus stop.
Years ago it was second nature to give up a seat to a disabled person without being asked now it seems it has to be leglislated upon. This nation seems so full of bureaucracy and red tape that many disabled people feel discriminated against and just don't have the fight in them to beat the bureaucrats.
I am searching for ways around the guide dog situation and how to stop it, if anyone has any ideas please let me know.