Guide Dogs offers a range of services to children and young people with a vision impairment and their families.
Our Specialist Family Support Service provides information, advice and guidance, including emotional support from early diagnosis throughout a child’s life, to parents/guardians of children with a vision impairment. The aim is to develop their confidence and knowledge so they can address the specific needs of their child, enabling them to achieve their full potential, within a supportive family unit.
- Our Specialist Education Support Service offers independent, tailored, impartial information, advice and guidance in relation to the education system and the SEND Code of Practice. We deliver this service directly to a young person with vision impairment, or to parents and/or carers of a child who has vision impairment and their families.
- Habilitation is the process of helping children and young people with vision impairment to achieve as much independence as possible in their daily lives. We do this by providing personalised training and support in mobility, orientation and independence skills, often in partnership with the local authority.
- Our Access Technology Grant Service provides 90% toward the total cost of funding for equipment and software for children and young people with a vision impairment where no statutory funding is available.
- Our Access Technology Service offers independent expert advice and support on all accessible and standard technology and software for children and young people with a vision impairment.
- Our Recreational Activities enable children and young people with a vision impairment and their families to meet, share experiences and support each other whilst having fun in a relaxed environment with access to specialist advice from our Children’s Services team.