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Guide dog users and guide dog trainers from across Europe gathered in Brussels in November for the EGDF annual conference.

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The European Guide Dog Federation is dedicated to influencing laws, policies and attitudes and to ensuring excellent facilities and access for guide dog users.

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EGDF is a European-wide organisation representing guide dog users and service providers. Currently there are 47 members in 23 countries.

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The EasyJet commercial director admitted they had "lessons to learn" when they mistakenly denied boarding to David Adams, EGDF President, and his guide dog Zoey.  They were travelling to the EGDF conference in Ljubljana when ground staff at London Stansted airport told David that Zoey’s documentation was incomplete.  He had her pet passport, an ID card issued by the guide dog training school with her name and number, David’s photo and number, information about the school and authorisation by Assistance Dogs UK, as well as a brass medallion on her collar with her ID number and the school’s phone number. 

Presenter Peter White and Producer Siobhann Tighe interview David AdamsThe ground staff insisted that David also provide a letter from the school on their letterhead declaring that Zoey was trained as a guide dog.  David got someone from the school wrote such a letter and send it by email but the plane left before the letter arrived and David was left stranded. 

Judith Jones, EGDF Executive Director and conference organiser, was travelling with him.  They decided that for the sake of the conference she should take the flight and leave him to sort out the problem.  There followed a 24-hour nightmare where EasyJet tried to get David on another flight but there were no flights that would take him and his guide dog at short notice and get him to the conference on time. 

The only solution was to find a friend who would keep Zoey for five days and for David to travel alone.  For the past six years David had depended on Zoey to get around.  Now to be without her for the most important week of the year added to the considerable stress he had already suffered.  David finally managed to arrive at the conference with 15 minutes to spare, using a borrowed stick wrapped in white paper as a poor substitute for his guide dog

The BBC picked up the story and interviewed both David and the commercial director EasyJet.  It was broadcast on 19 April 2016.  You can download the interview from the BBC website

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EGDF President Says...

The UK is well served by the brilliant Guide Dogs for the Blind Association who has made guide dogs universally acceptable. Sadly, this is not the case in many parts of Europe where there are often barriers to guide dogs and other assistance dogs. Working with the European Commission, we and our 47 member organisations throughout Europe aim to help blind people become guide dog users and to have rights of access and mobility wherever they want to go. As guide dog users become more internationally mobile on business and leisure trips, we will work to smooth their path.

David Adams

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