As well as Family Days Out, Guide Dogs provides a range of services designed to support children, young people and their families.
Movement matters habilitation service
Guide Dogs’ movement matters service gives support to blind children and young people in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Movement matters provides personalised training and support in mobility, orientation and independence skills, delivered by a qualified habilitation specialist.
One of the most invaluable services that Guide Dogs provide to many parents and carers of a child with vision impairment is ongoing practical and emotional support.
We can explain complex terms, give independent advice on claiming benefits or make contact with agencies and organisations on the family’s behalf.
Often children and young people with a vision impairment are unable to read the same books and core texts as their sighted peers, causing them to fall behind and miss out on a love of reading from an early age.
CustomEyes tailor-made large print books open up a whole world of imagination and learning, by enabling vision-impaired children and young people to read the same books as their sighted classmates and friends.
“From James’ point of view, he loves to have the same choice of titles as his friends which without CustomEyes he cannot access. Also, it’s great that the books are accessible to James at shelf price.” – Lesley, Mum to James
With over 4,000 titles to choose from, including leisure reading and school texts, CustomEyes books are custom-made to fit each child’s needs.
Learning how best to get the specialist support that will meet a child’s requirements and assisting them on their journey from nursery and beyond can be a complex and daunting process for most parents and carers.
Our Education Support team is on hand to help children and young people with vision impairment get the best from their education.
Access Technology and Grants
Our Access Technology Service offers advice and grants for adaptive or assistive technology and sensory toys. These can make all the difference to how a child with sight loss learns and plays.