General Disability Services

Guide Dogs Victoria

GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA

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About Us

Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) is committed to providing quality services for people with low vision or blindness that will enable them to enjoy safety, independence and equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities. GDV's services are delivered by integrated teams of professionals. GDV receives minimal government funding and relies on the support of the general public to deliver a comprehensive range of services that includes:

  • Dedicated Children’s Mobility Service: We teach children from newborn to teens how to better understand their environment, build techniques to confidently and safely move through those environments, and gradually take on more independence and self-advocacy. Group holiday programs focus on specific skill development for different age groups, and provide valuable social and peer support opportunities.
  • Adult Mobility Service: We teach practical, everyday travel skills such as road crossing and public transport access using long cane skills, Guide Dogs and wayfinding technology. We work with clients, employers and colleagues to enable safe, independent and productive workplaces.
  • Guide Dog Mobility: A Guide Dog offers a dynamic kind of independence, mobility and companionship. We match clients with a Guide Dog and give them the skills and techniques to use them to walk freely and feel confident as they move through the world, whether in a busy city centre or quiet suburban neighbourhood. For children considering a future Guide Dog we offer a ‘Pets as Therapy’ program.
  • The only Specialist Acquired Brain Injury Mobility Service in Victoria for clients of any age.
  • Occupational Therapy: helping people to safely and independently perform personal care, domestic tasks and community and recreational activities. 
  • Orthoptic low vision service: providing education around a client's specific vision loss, assess the level of functional vision and help with strategies and technology to make the most of remaining vision.

If you or someone you know is struggling with vision loss, we can help! Ring for an appointment on 1800 804 805, or visit www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au

Cost: All services are provided at no cost to clients although we will access NDIS or My Aged Care funding if available. 

Meetings: AGM Month - November

Publications: Brochures

Referral: Self or medical

Quick Facts About The Region

Guide Dogs Victoria is located in the suburb of Kew, the council of Boroondara City and the federal electorate of Kooyong.