Andrew Selous MP backs Guide Dogs’ “All Things Equal” campaign #AllThingsEqual


South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous, has pledged his support to children and young people with vision impairment through Guide Dogs’ “All Things Equal” campaign. 

Matt Western MP talking into a microphone at a wooden podium. He is in front of an orange branded Guide Dogs banner.

At a Parliamentary event hosted by the charity Guide Dogs, Andrew Selous met children, young people and their families to talk about the challenges they face in the education system. 

Recent research conducted for Guide Dogs found that 69% of teachers lack confidence that they have the right skills to support disabled children, including those with a vision impairment, to reach their full potential. 

This is reflected in outcomes for children with sight loss, who are significantly behind their peers in terms of academic attainment. 

Lauren standing at a wooden podium with the House of Commons logo, talking into two microphones

Guide Dogs’ “All Things Equal” campaign is calling for greater recognition of vision impairment throughout the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) system. The critical role of specialist professionals needs to be prioritised, and more support should be given at an earlier stage to help prevent young people with sight loss from falling behind.

Supporting the campaign, Andrew Selous MP said, “We need to do everything we can to support visually impaired children and I'm delighted to see the work Guide Dogs for the Blind is doing in this area.”

Guide Dogs Campaigns(*) said, “We were absolutely delighted to welcome over 140 MPs to our event in Parliament on 20 April, talking about how we can make #AllThingsEqual for children and young people with vision impairment. Huge thank you for all the children and young people with vision impairment and their families that came along to tell their stories, and to all the volunteers that supported us. We are so grateful. ”

“80% of our learning is through vision. Sighted children learn about movement, mobility and managing the world around them by watching others. Children with a vision impairment need a little extra support.  All children should be able to thrive at school and reach their potential as adults.”


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About Guide Dogs Campaigns

“Together we campaign for equal mobility and genuine independence for blind and partially sighted people.” 

Guide Dogs Campaigns have four main campaigns at present while continuing to work on other issues. These include:

E-Scooters
E-scooters are almost silent, which means that people with sight loss have little or no warning that they are approaching. We are working with the UK Government and companies running the trials to talk about the impact of e-scooters on people with sight loss. We’re also continuing to call for the law as it stands to be enforced to tackle illegal use of e-scooters

Children and Young People with Vision Impairment
Around 34,000 children and young people are living with vision impairment in England, and around 80 per cent of a child’s learning using vision. It's important that children and young people with vision impairment receive specialist support to fulfil their potential. Access to this specialist support is vital, but the situation in England is inconsistent with different experiences of support and services in different parts of the country. We are campaigning for the transformation of support and services in England.

Streets Ahead
Vehicles parked on pavements causing an obstruction was the number one problem faced by people with sight loss when trying to get out and about. We are campaigning to change the law to make it a general presumption that you can't park on the pavement unless you are in an area that the council has specifically exempted.
We are also campaigning for better licencing and enforcement of keeping our pavements clear of clutter.

Access All Areas
Nearly three-quarters of all assistance dog owners have been illegally turned away from a shop or business because they have their dog with them. The most common place to be turned away from is a taxi or private hire vehicle, which account for nearly half of all refusals. We are campaigning to make disability equality training a requirement for all taxi and minicab drivers so that they understand their rights and obligations under the law.

To find out more or get involved in any of  these campaigns go to www.guidedogs.org.uk/campaigns