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Shanmugam calls for clearer rules on guide dogs

'Supportive regulatory framework' needed to support visually impaired

Published on Dec 7, 2013 9:10 AM
Mr Alvin Ng (left) and his guide dog Seretta meeting guide dog Esme and its owner Cassandra Chiu (in white) before the Gratitude in Darkness dinner at River View Hotel on Friday night. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Clearer regulations are needed to support people who are blind who use guide dogs, said Law Minister K. Shanmugam yesterday.

He called for a "more supportive regulatory framework", adding that he came to know of some difficulties faced by those who are visually impaired who use guide dogs after meeting psychotherapist Cassandra Chiu in February.

Mr Shanmugam, who is a Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, was speaking at a dinner organised by the Guide Dogs Association of the Blind (GDAB) to thank its donors and supporters held at the Riverview Hotel Singapore.

Ms Chiu, 34, who is blind, is the second Singaporean trained to use a guide dog. There are about 4,000 people who are visually impaired and three guide dogs here.

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