Statement on Steve Allen's LBC comments

Post date: 
Thursday, 6 December 2018

Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB, said: “It's really disappointing to hear such outdated and ill-informed views on national radio in 2018.  

“Instead of ranting about assistance animals, whether dogs or horses (but to the best of our knowledge not rabbits), that provide valuable help and companionship, Steve Allen should widen his perspective and recognise the joy in stories like that of Digby the guide horse.

“During his outburst, Steve also spoke incredulously about a blind cameraman at the BBC. Blind and partially sighted people, like any other, aspire to great and varied things and thanks to advances in technology and the support available, there are very few jobs that are out of reach. Often, the biggest barrier people with sight loss face is the negative stereotypes and outdated attitudes of others, and Steve’s comments are a prime example of this. At RNIB, our vision of the future is a world free of barriers for blind and partially sighted people and, working with partners and the community, we will not rest until this vision has become a reality.”

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