There are more 100,000 people in NSW and the ACT who have a vision impairment severe enough to cause problems with daily living.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT was established in 1957 to enhance the independence and safe mobility of people who are blind or vision impaired. Each year, the highly qualified Guide Dogs NSW/ACT instructors assist over 4,000 people to achieve their mobility goals.
Our funding will assist Guide Dogs to deliver their Mobility Adventures program in 2015, developed specifically for children and teenagers who are blind or vision impaired. The program will give over 200 young people in metropolitan and regional NSW the opportunity to participate and improve their physical skills, self-planning and social skills in a supportive group environment. The aim is to equip young people who are vision impaired with the skills and confidence they need to tackle life's challenges, and grow into independent, active and empowered members of society.
Fitting in and feeling at ease are very important to young people with impaired vision, and this youth program will help to foster independence, self-determination and confidence by allowing participants to take risks, explore new places and enhance their physical abilities.
For more information visit: www.guidedogs.com.au