Access + advocacy Get to know about Guide Dog Access and how to self-advocate

In this section, familiarise yourself with where a Guide Dog can and cannot go, and learn about how to self-advocate.

Guide Dog Access What to expect when exploring the world with a Guide Dog

It is important to be aware of your rights when travelling with a Guide Dog. It is also worth knowing the legal obligations of other people in the community, or the responsibilities of business owners and employees.

Increased understanding will benefit everyone by creating a safe and welcoming environment in shops, restaurants, vehicles, theatres and other public areas. Learn where Guide Dogs can legally travel, access the relevant legislation and more.

Learn about exploring the world with a Guide Dog

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Guide Dog advocacy How to self advocate

Most people in the vision loss community experience issues with access at some stage of their life and, from our experience, the probability of this happening with a Guide Dog is especially high. Guide Dogs Victoria encourages self-advocacy – speaking out to make things better for you and for others, achieving independence and equality. In most circumstances it is best for you to lead this individual advocacy process as you have all the relevant information, it gives you the control over the situation, and it is very important that the organization you are lodging your feedback hears about your specific needs or concerns.

Guide Dogs Victoria provides resources to support self-advocacy. For full details of the resources we provide, a guide to the steps involved in Self-Advocacy, and what to do if you still have concerns, please open or download our Self-Advocacy Toolkit.

View the Self-Advocacy Toolkit online

Download the Self-Advocacy toolkit (Word)

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