YOUR SAY: Do your little bit and help vision impaired
AS WE celebrate International White Cane Day on October 15, I'd like to ask everyone in the community to play a role in helping Queenslanders with low or no vision in their daily travels.
In a recent Guide Dogs Queensland survey, 87% of blind or vision-impaired respondents said they were regularly impacted by footpath obstructions.
Things that can seem so insignificant to those of us who are fully sighted - like deciding where we put our bags when we sit down, or where we leave our wheelie bins when out for collection - can make a big difference to blind or vision-impaired people and their safety every day.
If you see someone using a mobility aid like a white cane or a Guide Dog and suspect they might need a hand, take the time to ask them if they need any help. Everyone in the community can do their part.
BARB TASKER, CEO Guide Dogs Queensland