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Left: "guide turkey" sitting in aircraft with owner; righht:  "guide peacock" on trolley at airport
Left: "guide turkey" seated on aircraft; right: "guide peacock" that was denied boarding.  US law allowing "comfort animals" to travel has led to much abuse.

EGDF members help prepare European standard for assistance dogs 

New standard will improve access for disabled people and stop the spread of fake assistance animals

There are lots of access problems when you move around Europe with a guide dog.  It's even worse in the US because of fakes.  To stop the chaos that is developing in the US, we are working on a standard for assistance dogs.

Guide dogs and other 
recognised assistance dogs are allowed to travel in the cabin of an aircraft with their handler.  However, there is no definition of "recognised assistance dog", which causes problems for airline staff and disabled people travelling with their trained dogs.

EGDF members are working with delegates from Assistance Dogs Europe, International Guide Dog Federation and other professionals on the definition of a recognised assistance 
dog and a list of the types of disabilities that the dogs are trained to help.  They are working with the European Standards Organisation and their national standards body to produce the first European standard for a living being.  Once approved, it will be adopted by all  European countries and should lead to an international standard. 

The standard will include the 
welfare
of the dogs, required skills for staff, methods of training and assessment, services for the beneficiary and access.   The aim is to keep the standards high so that service providers and the general public know these partnerships can be trusted and can welcome them.

Two cartoon images from the new ANEC video
Working with ANEC
EGDF works closely with ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardization.  In the standards work on assistance dogs, EGDF represents ANEC and thereby all consumers.  As ANEC experts, we are asked to review and comment on all new and revised standards that affect disabled people and their access to products, services and the built environment.
ANEC has produced a new video explaining the vital role they have in our everyday lives.
Kind regards,
Executive Director
European Guide Dog Federation
Hannah Dugdale presents cheque for £290 to EGDF Executive Director Judith Jones, President David Adams and his guide dog Zoey
Wuffitmix Sponsors EGDF
EGDF is delighted that Dugdale Nutrition, the animal food producer, and Wuffitmix, its dog food division, have become a bronze patron of EGDF.  Wuffitmix Managing Director Hannah Dugdale attended the recent EGDF conference in Malta and addressed the delegates with the latest findings in dog nutrition.  They held a bake sale before Christmas and Hannah presented a cheque for the proceeds to EGDF Executive Director Judith Jones, President David Adams and guide dog Zoey.


 
Top:  some conference delegates and their dogs; bottom left: outgoing vice-president Karine Garnier and incoming vice-president Andrew Lamb greet the President of Malta; right: Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, addresses the conference
Conference 2017 in Malta
The largest ever EGDF conference gathered in Malta at the beginning of December, hosted by the Malta Guide Dog Foundation.  A highlight of the conference was the address to the delegates by Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta.  You can read more about the conference on the EGDF website and download a summary of all the presentations.
UK's First Guide Horse
Mohammed Salim Patel is blind and has a fear of dogs.  So he is being partnered with Digby, a guide horse, when he finishes his training in another year and a half.  Guide Horses UK are seeking guidance fro EGDF as they take this project forward
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