Access and Technology Consulting.

Making study, work, leisure, travel and community spaces and services accessible for people with low vision and blindness.
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What is Guide Dogs' Access Consulting Service?

Making spaces more accessible for people with low vision.

Our Access Consultants specialise in providing solutions to improve the day-to-day usability of indoor and outdoor environments and essential services for people with low vision and blindness.

We frequently work with other Access Consultants, disability groups and Government and Industry partners at all phases of a project, including design, prototype and operational.

Contact us today to discuss how we can support you to make the physical environment more accessible and inclusive.


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We can support you to:

  • Identify and resolve functional access challenges relating to people with blindness or low vision
  • Identify indoor and outdoor wayfinding (navigation) solutions
  • Meet and exceed relevant legislation and Australian Standards, including those relating to:
    • Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs)
    • Braille/tactile signage
    • Luminance contrast

What is Guide Dogs' Technology Consulting Service?

Our Technology Consultants.

Our Technology Consultants can provide education and advice on specific technologies used by people with blindness or low vision. This may include mainstream or specialised technologies relating to information access, independent living or navigation.

We can:

  • advise on the development of new products and technologies, bringing both lived and learned experience to the design, prototyping and testing phases.
  • assist you to understand the technologies that people with blindness or low vision use to navigate the built environment and the community, and to access information in print and online.
  • assist with creating accessible content for digital communications.

Contact us today to discuss how we can support you to make the physical environment more accessible and inclusive.

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Pathways to Inclusion Initiative

Addressing access issues in the community.

The Pathways to Inclusion document is designed to assist Councils to address access issues in the community as identified by people with blindness and low vision.

It is a practical guide resulting from collaborative research with local government and disability organisations. It identifies key access issues identified by people with disability related to Liveable Accessible Communities and provides practical, actionable advice to Councils to implement and monitor their Disability Inclusion Action Plans (DIAPs).

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Blind Citizens NSW, People With Disability Australia and Inner West Council collaborated to undertake consultation and research to develop the guide.

The Pathways to Inclusion document is freely available for councils to download and use. Access the document here.

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Who are the Access Consultants?

Get to know Guide Dogs' Access Consultants.

Guide Dogs’ Access Consultants are highly skilled Orientation and Mobility Specialists with qualifications in assisting people with blindness or low vision to move through environments confidently and safely.

Access Consultants have an additional qualification—Access Consulting—from the Access Institute which allows a comprehensive understanding of the reasons behind the legislation and standards relating to the functional use of buildings, facilities and services in particular for people with blindness or low vision.

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