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Project information

Guide Dogs Children's Services

With four children becoming registered blind every day in the UK, there is an increased demand for support for children and young people living with sight loss. There is an urgent need to grow services provided to children and their families.

Our Children's Services launch in January 2017

Charity information: Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind logo
  • Need


    We believe that no child should feel isolated, afraid or be deprived of a full life just because they have a visual impairment. Just 4.4% of blind or visually impaired children receive the educational support they need to thrive. It is a shocking indictment of our national response to disability that 70% of blind or visually impaired adults are unemployed, compared to just 8% of the UK population.


    The launch of our children’s service will have an immediate impact allowing us to provide services that will support children and their families, right from birth through to young adulthood. These include practical and emotional support, information and advice as well as mobility and life-skills training. These services are vital in enabling the whole family to live life to the full. By giving parents tools, they can help their children reach important educational and recreational goals.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Access Technology


    » Offering advice and grants to parents in order to select the most appropriate technology to support their children's learning and development

    What success will look like

    Applications for the Access Technology hit target in 2017.
    Response rate to survey of parents accessing the service.
    Case studies of service users.

  • Impact


    No child with sight loss should be at a disadvantage due to the cost of specialist equipment. Our grant giving service provides children and young people with a visual impairment the freedom to learn, play and socialise like their sighted peers.
    Assistive or adaptive technology and sensory toys can make all the difference to how a child with sight loss learns and plays. Our advice is completely independent and unbiased.


    Low level of applicants for the service - we have dealt with this risk by planning to feature the service on our website, social media and in emails to supporters as well as to our networks of professionals working with vision impaired children and young people.


    Through email, website and social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Grants for equipment 10 x specific IT and software to assist a child at home and at school
      £2,000 As above 5 x iPad air to help a child to learn independently
      £2,000 As above 2 x Supernova software to help children and young people with sight loss use a computer effectively
      £3,500 As above 175 x touch typing software packages
  • Background


    Our services are available to all vision impaired children and young people (0-25) throughout the UK.


    Not only will the children and young people using the service benefit from this project but also their families, teachers and key workers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    These services are currently being provided by the charity Blind Children UK who became part of the Guide Dogs Family in 2013. Since then, they have operated as a separate charity, however to respond to this urgent need, we are merging these services into Guide Dogs and will be launching the new Guide Dogs’ Children’s Services in January 2017.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lucy Winton

    Access Technology Lead - ICT practitioner and engineer at degree level and qualified Access Technology Assessor for the Vision Impaired.