Blind lawmaker criticizes Paralympics organizers

AP News
Posted: Sep 01, 2012 10:58 AM
Blind lawmaker criticizes Paralympics organizers

LONDON (AP) — Organizers of the Paralympic Games say they are investigating after a blind lawmaker claimed he was denied access to his seat at the competition's opening ceremony.

David Blunkett, a former minister in Tony Blair's governments, said he was told that he couldn't use his allocated seat at Wednesday's event because it was unsuitable for his guide dog, Cosby.

He was quoted Saturday as telling the Daily Mail newspaper that his experience "shows how far society still has to go to change attitudes towards the challenges faced by people with disabilities."

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Blunkett, a serving legislator with the main opposition Labour Party, has been blind since birth.

The London organizing committee said it had spoken to Blunkett and was "looking into what happened with our venues team."