Swedish guide dog handlers ask for international support

As a guide dog handler living in Sweden you can never take it for granted that shops, cafés, gyms and hospitals will let you in. When you apply for a job or attend a course, you never know if you will be told to leave the dog at home.

The anxiety about possible refusals means some guide dog handlers may stay at home. This restricts the Independence that a guide dog provides to a blind or visually impaired person. For more than a decade complaints from guide dog handlers have been sent to the ombudsman for discrimination, but have so far not lead to any consequences. We want to make it obvious to our politicians that we are far behind many comparable countries.

If you live in a country where blind people accompanied by guide dogs may go wherever they want, please send a message to the Swedish Minister for Democracy, and tell her what it is like. Tell her that you want the guide dog handlers in Sweden to enjoy the same freedom as you do.

It will have an impact if the minister gets postcards from all over the world. But e-mails work fine. Write to her now on International Guide Dog Day or if possible before 05 May


Märta Stenevi,
103 33 Stockholm,

e-mail: a.registrator@regeringskansliet.se

If you want to get in touch with the Swedish Association of Guide Dog Handlers (SLHF), send an e-mail to info@slhf.net.

Thanks for your support and solidarity

EGDF have written to Märta, and here is a draft document you can use and adapt for your convenience:

Template letter to Märta Stenevi - word document 

Template letter to Märta Stenevi - PDF