What is Guide Dog Mobility?
Guide Dogs are trained to help you navigate your daily environment and beyond.
Guide Dog Mobility training provides skills and techniques to establish trust in your specially matched Guide Dog, so that you can walk freely and feel confident regardless of your vision level.
Thanks to their unique skills, Guide Dogs can recognise obstacles, move through large crowds with ease, board public transport and get you almost anywhere you need or want to go.
Every Guide Dog is carefully selected to match your personality and specific needs, and they’re always on hand to help you achieve your goals. Guide Dogs provide constant support and companionship throughout your partnership; the average partnership lasts from eight to ten years.
Throughout your partnership, internationally qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructors provide ongoing training to ensure you have the skills and confidence you need for years to come.
Who can receive a Guide Dog?
You do not have to be totally blind to be eligible for a Guide Dog.
In fact, the majority of our Guide Dog handlers have low vision.
There is no age limit for people with Guide Dogs. Guide Dogs can partner with:
- School-aged and university students
- Parents with young families
- People who are employed full time, part time, or not in the work force
- Older adults and people from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Our Guide Dog Mobility services are available all across regional and metropolitan New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
How could a Guide Dog assist me?
You can learn all kinds of skills in Guide Dog Mobility training.
Through Guide Dog Mobility training you can:
- Get around your community safely with a Guide Dog; go to the shops, travel to work, attend restaurants, sports events or movies, and more.
- Maximise your independence and confidence when moving through busy public places
- Increase your opportunities to get social and spend more time with others
- Travel to your favourite or most frequently visited destinations more efficiently
- Develop a genuine bond and enjoy true companionship.
What does the matching process involve?
If you choose to partner with a Guide Dog, you’ll discover a true connection that offers so much more than improved mobility.
First, our team of specialist Guide Dog Mobility Instructors perform detailed assessments to identify whether a Guide Dog partnership is right for you.
Then, we learn a little more about your lifestyle, preferred walking speed, and how frequently you travel or enjoy social activities to find a Guide Dog that perfectly meets your needs. This relationship is the foundation for years of improved independence, safety and confidence.
What funding can I use to access a Guide Dog Training Program and ongoing support?
If you are eligible, you can use NDIS funding to cover the costs of Guide Dog Mobility and training.
However—as with all of our services—if you are not eligible for government funding, and can pass our assessment process, you can access our Guide Dog client training programs through funding provided by generous donations from the community.
How do I find out further information?
We offer information packs and practical information sessions for individuals and groups.
The materials and sessions will help you gain a better understanding of the role of a Guide Dog in your life.
The sessions are obligation free and are designed to help you determine whether a Guide Dog is the right option for you.
For further information you can call 1800 484 333.