5th Jan 2016
Guide Dog's Tale On ITV
‘When I went blind I felt quite anxious and not really able to cope but my beautiful guide dog Olga has been my eyes for the past two years.’
Lucy Edwards, who lives with vision loss, is showing children the independent life she is able to lead with the help of her Labrador.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Central on Thursday 7th January.
In the TV film, the 20-year-old from Birmingham visits a primary school with Olga to educate pupils about visual impairment.
‘I have a rare hereditary eye condition which left me blind at the age of 17,’ explains Lucy.
‘I already have a vlog channel in which I discuss everything from blindness to make up, in order to crush stereotypes about this issue.
‘Now I really want to reach out to younger children because I feel like they don’t know a lot about blindness.
‘I have created a book with Fixers about my guide dog Olga. The stories are told in her voice.’
The story book is inspired by Lucy’s adventures with her guide dog, Olga.
It aims to educate children on the role of guide dogs and how important they can be to their owners.
Click below to read 'The Suerphero Dog.'
Rory Cobb from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) features in the broadcast. He supports Lucy’s campaign and her idea for a book.
‘I think using her dog’s experiences is brilliant because that is a way of connecting with children,' he comments.
‘Primary school students need to be given every opportunity to understand how creative visually impaired people can be.’
Lucy adds: ‘In the book, my dog Olga is portrayed as a superhero.
‘Little children might be scared to come up to a blind person because they don’t know how to react to them.
‘Maybe this book will help them to understand the ways in which they can communicate and how to do it in the right way.’
To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.