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Changing Perceptions, One Guided Step at a Time

Changing Perceptions, One Guided Step at a Time
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An Exposé on Guide Dog Discrimination in Australia

Janice Whittle, a former resident of Toowoomba, is legally blind and a survivor of numerous debilitating conditions, including Battered Wife Syndrome, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury, and Epilepsy.

Her resilience and determination have culminated in her latest book, “Changing Perceptions, One Guided Step at a Time,” which aims to shed light on the widespread discrimination faced by individuals with Guide Dogs in Australia.

Unseen Barriers

Janice’s personal experiences reveal persistent societal ignorance regarding the rights of Guide Dog users.

She recounts her transformation from someone who could freely enter a café to living in constant fear of being denied entry.

This shift highlights a critical issue: despite existing laws that protect the rights of Guide Dog handlers, discrimination remains alarmingly prevalent.

A Call to Awareness

A significant incident at the National Hotel a year ago, where Janice was unlawfully removed, garnered international media attention and underscored the urgent need for change.

Her book delves into these experiences, offering readers a raw and unfiltered look at the challenges faced by individuals reliant on Guide Dogs. By sharing her story, Janice hopes to provoke thought and spark conversations that will lead to greater understanding and societal change.

A Rallying Cry

“Changing Perceptions, One Guided Step at a Time” is more than just a book; it is a rallying cry against injustice. Janice’s narrative is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the importance of advocacy in driving societal change.

The book launch, scheduled for Friday, 5 July, at Muller Bros (Courtyard), promises to be an event that not only celebrates Janice’s work but also serves as a platform for raising awareness about the critical issues faced by Guide Dog users in Australia.

Janice Whittle’s “Changing Perceptions, One Guided Step at a Time” is a powerful call to action, urging society to recognise and eliminate the barriers faced by Guide Dog users.