Guide Dogs supporting children and young people

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.

Family support

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.

CustomEyes Books

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 Guide Dogs supporting children and young peoplefriends.

“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.

Education Support

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.

For more information on our Children and Young People’s services visit bit.ly/CYPService, email cypservices@guidedogs.org.uk, or free phone 0800 781 1444

February 5, 2018

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