2014 was another busy but exciting year at Guide Dogs Queensland.
Throughout the year we held Low Vision Mobility Expos, Vision Assessment and Management Services (VAMS) clinics, City Travel Days and provided mobility services in 13 regional centres across the state. We held a full program of residential classes at our Brisbane training facility, bringing clients from around the state to provide specialised and advanced training programs to boost their mobility and independence.
Several of our Guide Dogs and instructors also made the trip to Cairns for a regional extended assessment, giving local residents the chance to trial working with a Guide Dog near their homes, without the need to make the long trip down to Brisbane.
In April we celebrated with former Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley AC the success of our Guide Dog program, congratulating 23 new Guide Dog team graduates (Guide Dog and handler) and a further 16 Guide Dogs on to our internationally recognised breeding program.
We were also very excited to open in 2014 new Early Learning Centres at both our Gold Coast and Townsville offices. These centres provide a place for blind and vision impaired children to explore and develop their independence through play-learning, with the help of specialist instructors. This is a significant first step in the growth of these children into confident, independent adults. We have seen very young children at the Brisbane centre grow in leaps and bounds as they develop their confidence, and we look forward to seeing the same positive impact in these new centres.
For more information on the activities of the past year at Guide Dogs Queensland you can see our Annual Report by clicking here.
All of us at Guide Dogs Queensland look forward to meeting the challenges and exciting opportunities of the year ahead.