SUPPORTING THE BEST SCHOOL EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE About our services
School years are some of the most exciting and challenging times of our lives. You’re constantly learning new concepts, making new friends, and growing as a person. It’s crucial that you’re able to find your bearings and navigate these experiences.
For children, tweens or teenagers with low vision or blindness, having the skills and support to experience school in the best way possible is particularly important. Guide Dogs Victoria is supported by the Department of Education to meet the needs of students with low vision or blindness attending a state, or Government-run, school. The student may already have a Visiting Teacher who will assist with access to the curriculum, and we will work closely with the Visiting Teacher to support the student. We are also able to discuss ways to support the student if they attend a Catholic or Independent school.
We can provide a range of in-school services—from prep to year 12—to get the most out of school, including:
- Supporting students to move around their school independently and understand the layout of the environment
- Assisting teachers and other school staff to develop the skills and techniques required to support a student with low vision
- Supporting students in the transition from one school to another, or from primary school into a high school campus
- Completing an environmental assessment—and providing feedback—with a focus on making school grounds as accessible as possible
- In some cases, supporting students in navigating their journey to and from school.