Government making it nearly impossible for Guide Dogs
IT'S a classic catch 22.
State government funding is available for assistance dogs to help people with disabilities. The catch is they cannot access the funding to put towards the cost of a dog until they have a dog.
And the Government does not want to talk about the funding farce.
The Daily has spoken to two parents who have not been able to access the funding for assistance dogs for their special needs children.
The Community Aids Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative provides funding of up to $10,000 for people with disabilities to access aids and equipment to help them with communication, mobility and participation in the community.
The funding can be put towards the training of assistance dog, which can cost up to $25,000.
The guidelines require an applicant to hold a handler identity card.
But to be eligible for a card, an applicant must rely on a guide, hearing or assistance dog while accessing public places and passenger vehicles, have a certified dog, and provide a photo of it.
The Daily submitted six questions to the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services media section.
After more than a day, a media adviser for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services minister Tracy Davis came back with a one-and-a-half line response which answered none of them.
"The Queensland Government, as part of its commitment to reducing red tape, is currently reviewing the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009 to ensure that it meets the contemporary needs of people with a disability," it read.
EMAIL 1: From Janine Hill - six detailed questions about the issue.
EMAIL 2: Answer #1
The Queensland Government, as part of its commitment to reducing red tape, is currently reviewing the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009 to ensure that it meets the contemporary needs of people with a disability.
EMAIL 3: Response #1
I emailed six questions yesterday. Are you telling me that the line-and-a-half below that I've waited more than a day for is the response?
EMAIL 4: Answer #2
Yes Janine, this is the official departmental response.
EMAIL 5: Response #2
Why haven't my questions been answered?
EMAIL 6: Answer #3
We provided a general statement on this issue instead, noting that we are reviewing our legislation to see if it meets current and emerging needs.