- Orientation & Mobility Training
- Guide Dogs Mobility
- Special Education Programs
- Counselling and support
- Occupational Therapy Services
Orientation and mobility training
Our Guide Dogs are the furry faces of our organisation, but they are just one small part of what we do and how we can help you.
We can help you develop your senses such as hearing, touch and any residual vision through our free Orientation and Mobility services.
Our experienced Orientation and Mobility Specialists can provide you with advice and support for a wide range of technology and practical mobility aids to help you feel safe and active whether you are at home or out and about.
Our specially designed Orientation and Mobility training programs are available in regional areas and at our head office in Brisbane.
Guide Dogs mobility
The feeling of becoming part of a Guide Dog team is indescribable, but one thing’s for sure – it’s life-changing.
The special bond between a Guide Dog and their handler is as much about love, friendship and trust as it is about independence and mobility.
A Guide Dog can not only provide you with the confidence and freedom to lead the life you desire, but your new companion can also help you to overcome any feelings of isolation or fear you may be confronted with.
You are safe when you have a trusted friend as your guiding eyes.
Taking on a Guide Dog isn’t for everyone, but if you decide that a Guide Dog will suit your lifestyle you could be joining the ranks of the established Guide Dog teams working right across Queensland every day.
Special Education Programs for children and young people
We provide support to all blind and vision impaired Queenslanders – no matter what age.
Our Orientation and Mobility Specialists work one-on-one with children and young people during our specialised programs, incorporating fun activities to help build their skills and teach them to develop their senses. These programs also help blind or vision impaired children grow their confidence and create new friendships.
Orientation and Mobility training and development can begin at a very early age. Look towards the future for your family and your blind or vision impaired child by starting a lifelong relationship with Guide Dogs Queensland.
School aged children
Guide Dogs Queensland provides an outreach program to provide quality Orientation and Mobility training to eligible students.
Our Orientation and Mobility Specialists will liaise with the school, Advisory Visiting Teachers (Vision Impairment) and other key stakeholders. The training will take place in many settings – initially in the school and surrounding environment.
School holiday camps are an effective means to build skills, experiences and social interactions which help link student’s learning to their key priorities (identified within the student’s education program during the term).
Our school outreach program and school holiday camps are supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Education Special Disability Support in Schools (SDSS).
Counselling and support
We understand that losing your sight can be a daunting experience. It may make you feel isolated from your closest friends and family members and even society in general.
Our counselling and support programs can help you increase your confidence and overcome any negative feelings you may be facing. These services can help you and your family understand and adjust to life with vision loss.
You can also meet with other blind or vision impaired Queenslanders to connect with at our various support groups across the state.
If you require information on eyes and vision, technology or the national resources we offer, please click here.
Where is help available?
Guide Dogs Queensland is the only service provider in Queensland that can offer you a complete range of rehabilitation services, regardless of where you are in the state.
With seven regional offices across Queensland and regular support available to all of our regional clients, we are able to ensure that all blind or vision impaired Queenslanders in need have access to our services.
We are able to deliver services in the community where people live and work, and can come to you so our instruction is tailored to your needs in your community.
Our regional clients are also welcome to stay at our Client Residence in Brisbane to participate in advanced training programs that are unavailable in their region.
- Occupational Therapy
- Caring for a person who is vision impaired
- Orientation and Mobility
- Counselling Services
- How to Safely Guide a Person Who Is Vision Impaired
- Low Vision Tips
- Do You See What I See?
Occupational Therapy Services
Our Occupational Therapy service helps to promote independence and empower Queenslanders who are blind or vision impaired to develop the skills and confidence they require to live full and active lives.
Guide Dogs Queensland’s Occupational Therapists are health professionals who work with people who are blind or vision impaired of all ages to assist them to maintain and develop skills that increase independence and confidence.
Our specialty lies in helping determine how vision impairment influences a person’s ability and confidence to complete specific daily tasks and developing a tailored program that supports an individual’s goals.
Find out more about how this service can help you here.