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?!