Advocacy: Systemic & Individual How can I access support for individual advocacy?
At Guide Dogs, we generally focus our expertise on broader systemic advocacy and community education on accessible and inclusive design, because it provides the best outcome for the most people possible.
By partnering with different organisations to design public systems, services and spaces to better support people with low vision and blindness—and promote education around issues of low vision and blindness—we hope there will be less cause for individual advocacy moving forward.
Community education is a key part of our approach. By raising awareness, we hope to equip you, and others, with the tools and understanding to confidently answer questions like:
- What are my access rights in specific situations?
- What is the legal standing or precedent for certain situations?
- What are my rights in any given space or context?
However, while we focus on systemic advocacy, we’re always here to provide assistance and support if you experience a refusal of service or entry with your Guide Dog, or you encounter a negative experience due to your low vision or blindness.
We strive to provide online resources you can use in your own advocacy efforts, while outlining our ongoing systemic work to achieve a more inclusive and accessible community.
Please contact your local Guide Dogs office for advice and guidance on your specific concern or experience.