Research & Innovation
Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd (GDS) welcomes collaboration and innovative solutions so we can be better in what and how we do things. It is not just about technology that increases the efficiency of our day-to-day operations and service delivery. It is also about staying aware of the vision impaired community’s evolving needs to ensure our services stay relevant to the people we support; as well as social, economic and political trends that have an impact on our work.
We believe in collaborating with various partners and external organisations to identify, research, design and develop solutions that cater to the vision impaired community.
With our deep and diverse experience in the aspects of vision impairment, GDS can support research studies and projects, or work on collaborative efforts in the areas of technological/processes/programme and service innovation to benefit the vision impaired community. We can also extend our expertise related to vision impairment, testbed prototypes or products, and provide user experience feedback from “real users” and more.
Please contact us to find out more about how we can support your endeavours in the research and innovation space; we look forward to collaborating with you!
Research & Innovation: Study on People with Vision Impairment
GUIDE.ME., a nationwide study helmed by Singapore Management University’s (SMU) Senior Lecturer of Statistics, Ms Rosie Chng, gave us insights to the perceptions and views of people with vision impairment,and their mobility challenges in Singapore.
Research & Innovation: Accessibility in Museums
In 2021, GDS collaborated with the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to bring accessibility to the museum. A pilot smart cane was developed by NYP to assist vision impaired guests to navigate independently in the multi-sensory exhibition “Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present”.
Research & Innovation: Closing the Digital Divide for Persons with Vision Impairment
From streaming the latest television series to attending virtual classes and having e-gatherings with loved ones, much of our lives take place in the online sphere. However, while digital advancements have made the world more convenient for many of us, for groups like persons with visual impairment, benefitting from technology isn’t quite as easy as just tapping a screen.