Guide dog advocacy
We offer support for people who use guide dogs through education and awareness and we have many advocacy resources available, including an advocacy toolkit.
At CNIB Guide Dogs, we focus on two kinds of advocacy: Self-advocacy and advocating for group causes.
- Self-advocacy is speaking up for yourself. That 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.
- 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.