Legislation next step
The legislation needs to be amended to make service dogs readily available to members of the disabled community and give the animals full access to all public places.
This call was made by members of the Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD) yesterday at a welcoming ceremony for guide dog Dylan, his owner Danny Gleeson and a team from the UK Guide Dog Association at the Grantley Adams International Airport.
Operations manager of the council, Rosanna Tudor, said there was need for amendments to legislation prohibiting animals from restaurants, hotels and other public places so that service animals would be permitted to go wherever people were allowed.
In this connection, Tudor praised the Courtyard by Marriott which is a member of the American Disability chain of properties and for readily accepting to host the visiting team.
While president of the council, Senator Kerryann Ifill, said there were still many laws to be changed, sensitising the public was the first order of business. (LK)
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