“I find it hard to read and my eyes are getting worse. When I am old enough my dream is to get a Guide Dog”

Emma* is just eight years old and was born with a condition called Anaridia.  She received her first white cane when she was six – without it, Emma bumped into things regularly.  Emma will soon outgrow her existing white cane, as she is getting taller.

Unfortunately, Emma’s eyes are getting worse and soon she will have no vision.  Her dream is to get a Guide Dog when she is old enough – “my Guide Dog will be my best friend, I will name him Flash because we will go so fast!”  Although Emma won’t be ready for a Guide Dog until she is a teenager, Guide Dogs Victoria can also provide Emma with the training and equipment she needs to get around safely.

Your support will allow Guide Dogs Victoria to help children like Emma start their journey towards living an independent life in many ways, including:

  • White cane provision and training
  • Specialist low vision training support
  • Guide Dog Training – training pups to become working Guide Dogs
  • Accommodation at Guide Dogs Victoria during intensive training – allowing families to learn strategies together that support the growth, independence and development of a child living with low vision or blindness
  • Provision of a Ruby Reader device to assist children with reading, ensuring they do not fall behind at school

Guide Dogs Victoria provides all services regardless of funding to clients like Emma, but we cannot do this without your support. 

Please help Guide Dogs Victoria provide Emma and other children like her with the gift of independence. 

*Name has been changed in the interest of privacy. The volunteer model pictured is not connected to the case study