Outreach and Advocacy

GDS works closely with our stakeholders to build a safe and inclusive community, so people with vision loss can participate equally. We also aim to increase awareness and normalise the use of guide dogs. Our team at GDS customises each talk and training session to suit the needs of the audience. There are also opportunities to observe how our clients use their guide dogs and white canes.

Here are some examples on how we collaborate with various stakeholders.

1

Government Agencies, Transport Agencies and Companies

  • Types of vision impairment

  • Understanding how people with vision loss function

  • Information on guide dogs to dispel misconceptions and increase awareness

  • How to guide and communicate with people with vision loss (using white cane or guide dog)

  • Dos and don’ts when interacting with a person using a guide dog

  • Consultancy and infrastructure modification for better accessibility

SMRT Outreach Talk
Outreach programme with SMRT

2

Employers

  • Types of vision impairment

  • How employees with vision loss use assistive technology to work

  • Consultancy on the support system to tap on (government grants and GDS’s training programmes)

  • Consultancy on making a workplace accessible and safe

  • How to communicate with colleagues who have vision loss

  • Purpose and function of guide dogs, dos and don’ts when interacting with a person using a guide dog

Click here to find out more on Assistive/Accessible Technology
Click here to find out more on government grants
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Close up of a client using a magnification application to read text on a laptop screen

3

Medical and Allied Health Professionals

  • Guide Dogs Singapore’s rehabilitation programme and services for patients with vision loss

  • Information on functional vision assessment

  • Orientation and Mobility training using the white cane

  • Purpose and function of guide dogs, dos and don’ts when interacting with a person using a guide dog

  • Referral process

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National Health Care Group Outreach Talk
Outreach talk with National Health Care Group

4

Senior Activity Centres, Community Centres, Nursing homes and Social Service Agencies

  • Types of vision impairment

  • Guiding techniques for staff

  • How to give detailed description during activities and communicate better with people with vision loss

  • Types of leisure activities that people with vision loss can engage in

  • Purpose and function of guide dogs, dos and don’ts when interacting with a person using a guide dog

  • Half day or full day training workshops can be arranged

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Outreach Talk At A Elderly Home
Outreach talk at an elderly home

5

Schools (all levels)

  • Talks and experiential learning for students from pre-school to tertiary levels

  • Types of vision impairment

  • Understanding how people with vision loss function

  • How to offer help the correct way

  • Meet and Greet with a guide dog user and dog

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Outreach SOTA students experiencing walking with white canes
SOTA students experiencing a blindfolded simulation walk with white canes

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National Gallery Singapore Outreach Talk Guide Dogs Singapore

Alicia Teng
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Aloysius Fu, Teacher from Kheng Cheng School

Aloysius Fu
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