Blind Portuguese and his dog guide to travel alone in Europe!
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Blind Portuguese and his dog guide to travel alone in Europe!

There was once someone who in 2015 went blind! Then he did six operations, learned to use a cane, until one day he received a guide dog. That person is me and the dog is Zangão ...

There was once someone who in 2015 went blind! Then he did six operations, learned to use a cane, until one day he received a guide dog. That person is me and the dog is Zangão with whom I regained freedom!

An innovative and unprecedented project: Anyone who is blind and has a guide dog knows what it has come to mean in terms of mobility, autonomy, independence, integration and living with others! But now, in a joyful and fun way, with support from the Guide Dog School for the Blind , let's take the step forward!

And then? As you can imagine, there are many problems of accessibility to transport, public places and in general on public roads, by blind people. Nowadays, the presence of a guide dog solves almost all of these problems, but when it is intended to travel abroad, the lack of knowledge of the surrounding physical space and the change in institutional and legal conditions, makes this task much more complex.

After a few years of moving autonomously, without the support of others, with a guide dog in Portugal and a trip to Morocco, it is my belief that, with the support of new accessibility and information technologies, namely mobile devices, I, blind I will be able to travel alone with my dog, Zangão, by train and plane across Europe, stay in hotels and attend restaurants and events, in a totally independent and safe way.
With this, I also intend to draw attention to the difficulties of accessibility of different destinations, in an integrated way in a European reality, as well as to show how blind people can move, for personal, professional and leisure reasons, independently and autonomous.

This is what we are going to do: With the support of ABAADV - School of Guide Dogs for the Blind , a trip through Europe with my guide dog.
A blog and an Instagram profile will be created where all the relevant episodes of the trip and the people and places we will meet will be reported.
It is a 26-day trip, with the route Porto, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Stockholm, Oslo, Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon and Porto, primarily by train. Stay at least 20 to 30 hours in each city, being able to enjoy interacting with public events such as theater, sports or music. Travel primarily between late afternoon and early morning of the following day.
It is an incredible project that aims to promote the values mentioned above, contribute to dispel myths about the presence of these fantastic animals in public places and publicize the guide dog as an incredible means and locomotion and guidance. Come on?!

Cego e seu cão guia no acesso à sala de um restaurante

About the author

My name is Jorge Paiva. I am a manager, graduated in economics from the Faculty of Economics of Porto and I work as a tax consultant and financial analyst. In 2015 I went blind, I went through a course of six interventions with various medical techniques, all without result. I then learned to use a cane for the blind and applied to become a guide dog user, having obtained my dog Zangão in June 2017.
Since then and progressively, my mobility, independence and autonomy have completely recovered.
So, between 2017 and 2019 I made many trips with my dog, almost all over the country and with a holiday in Morocco, having found that, with the support of location technologies and a spirit of initiative, there are no limitations to the mobility of blind people. That was how, along with my professional activity, the idea of taking a trip through Europe to disseminate and promote these values germinated, betting on institutional support and dissemination of it, in some of the main European capitals.
My professional career can be seen here .

Budget and due dates

The Project is budgeted at € 3,675.63, with the Promoter proposing to finance the remainder of the amount requested here, thus assuming his personal commitment to it. This should take place between the 12th of June and the 7th of July, except for a few days' adjustment, with departure and arrival in the City of Porto. The funds are destined for train travel in Europe, accommodation, food and transport in the cities of passage and interaction with local entities and events.

Fri, 21/02/2020 - 14:46

Fri, 14/02/2020 - 09:33

Vai ser incrível!

Olá! Muito sinceramente, aproveito esta oportunidade para agradecer, em meu nome e em nome de toos os valores de independência, autonomia, mobilidade e socialização oferecidos ...

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  • Jorge Paiva

    Vai ser incrível!

    Olá!
    Muito sinceramente, aproveito esta oportunidade para agradecer, em meu nome e em nome de toos os valores de independência, autonomia, mobilidade e socialização oferecidos pela utilização de cão guia, a contribuição oferecida para esta Campanha que eu e o meu cão Zangão estamos a promover. Estou cada vez mais entusiasmado com o Projeto; vai ser uma jornada incrível.
    Muito em breve começaremos a divulgar pormenores como datas, percursos e locais.
    Ajuda a divulgar o Projeto, partilhando a campanha nas tuas redes sociais.
    www.ppl.pt/causas/zangao
    Muito obrigado por tudo

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  • José Maria Magalhães

    19/02/2020 - 22:29

    ola Jorge e um grande prazer de acompanhar na tua viagem. espero te encontrar em Paris Um abraço José Maria

  • Anonymous

    18/02/2020 - 10:31

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  • António José Rocha Barreto

    05/02/2020 - 18:11

    Pela divulgação das capacidades do Zangão

  • rafaela nobre

    05/02/2020 - 12:12

    Zangão desde bebé sempre foi um cão irreverente portanto quero que ele vá espalhar irreverência pela europa

  • Anonymous

    05/02/2020 - 10:49

    Grande iniciativa; todos pela inclusão