Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin takes blindfold walk challenge

Local MP Ian Austin will take a blindfold walk through Dudley to highlight the challenges that blind and partially sighted people face in town centres.

He will join local campaigner Karl Denning on the walk through Dudley town centre starting at Dudley Council House, Priory Road DY1 1HF at 1:45pm on Friday 8th January.

Blind and partially sighted people often face difficulties navigating town centres as a result of obstacles such as parked cars, A-Boards, wheelie bins and street furniture. Road layouts can also cause problems if the boundary between road and pavement is not clear.

Austin recently joined a new Parliamentary group to promote work on sight loss and has previously backed campaigns by the national charity Guide Dogs to improve blind people’s access to support and services.

Ian Austin said:

“I’ve always spoken up for blind and partially sighted constituents over the years, so I was keen to take on this challenge.

“I’m really grateful to Karl for offering to guide me around the town centre and show me some of the problems.

“I’ll keep working with local organisations like the Beacon Centre for the Blind to improve accessibility and support for local blind people.”

Karl Denning, local campaigner said:

“I think it’s brilliant that Ian is going the extra mile to find out about this issues blind people face by experiencing them himself.

“By speaking up for blind people we can make sure town centres are safer and more accessible for everyone.”

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