Junior Minister, Megan Fearon today took part in a ‘blindfold lunch’ in Parliament Buildings as part of Guide Dogs Week 2016.
The Minister addressed the event and spoke with Guide Dogs campaigners about their personal experiences and campaigning objectives.
Junior Minister, Megan Fearon said: “I can’t begin to imagine what the world is like for someone blind or partially sighted but today has given me an appreciation of some of the everyday challenges they face. Standing in their shoes, albeit in a controlled environment, brings home just how difficult day to day activities like eating a meal can be.
“Events like this and hearing personal stories from those here today, demonstrate how crucial the guide dogs service is as well as the wider range of functions the Guide Dogs organisation provides. I commend Guide Dogs for the invaluable work they do and for today’s event.”
The Minister added: “Losing your sight shouldn’t also mean losing your independence and the Executive is committed to a more inclusive society where no one is left behind.
“Improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families is an indicator in our new draft Programme for Government, and through our Disability Strategy Employment Strategy for people with disabilities and Disability Employment Service programmes, we are working closely with people who are blind or partially sighted and their representatives to help achieve this.
“We have also made improvements in towns and cities across the North through our public realm works to make sure footpaths, streets and pavements are safer for people with sight loss.”
Guide Dogs Week 2016 runs until 9 October.