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Find out the latest Guide Dogs news including our research work, collaboration projects and press coverage.

New research by Guide Dogs shows the wide variety of people affected by pavement parking, and the everyday impact it has on their lives. Nine in ten disabled people, including those with sight loss, mobility scooter users, and parents or carers with children said they had been affected by pavement parking. 

Guide Dogs is pleased to be announced as the new London Charity Partner of global bank, Citi for 2020/2021.

Double gold medal-winning Paralympian and Guide Dogs Ambassador, Libby Clegg MBE, took to the ice on Sunday night to become the show’s first ever contestant with sight loss.

Guide dog owner Alex Pepper is set to appear on the new series of Ready Steady Cook, which returns to BBC1 after ten years off our TV screens.

Lucy Edwards, a guide dog owner from Birmingham with a successful YouTube channel, has been chosen to be a presenter on Radio 1. This makes her the station’s first ever blind presenter.

We highlight that lockdown being lifted doesn’t mean greater freedom for everyone, with social distancing measures limiting independence and increasing isolation for those with sight loss. 

In October we were delighted to have over 300 supporters, UK-wide visit their local high street to educate shops, cafes, restaurants, taxi companies and other businesses about the access rights of assistance dog owners in support of our Access All Areas campaign.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood delighted 13-year-old dance-mad Neve, when the two met at the famous Elstree studios in London as part of our #MeetAHero campaign.

Guide Dogs has issued advice on fireworks for dog owners ahead of Bonfire Night, as new data reveals that pet owners said their dogs were more scared of fireworks than being left alone or going to the vet. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Guide Dogs, Visionary, VICTA, Fight for Sight and Vision UK are working together to provide blind and partially sighted people with easy to access high-quality information about sight loss.

New figures show that three-quarters of guide dog owners (76%) have been illegally turned away by businesses and services, such as taxis, restaurants, shops, cafes, hotels and pubs.

People who are blind and partially sighted are being shut out of society, but members of the public could help end this isolation if they understood more about everyday life with sight loss.

Today the BBC shared the story of guide dog owner Damon Rose's battle with discrimination through access refusals.

Guide Dogs has worked with RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to empower guide dog owners to tackle the rising reports of cafes, hotels and taxis refusing entry to their guide dogs.