The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Guide Dogs exists to provide life-changing services to the 360,000 people who are registered blind or partially sighted, and the two million people in the UK living with sight loss.

We provide a range of services with and beyond the dog to help thousands of people with different needs lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives.

  • CustomEyes books - We can produce books in large-print, tailor-made to suit your child’s eye condition. Books include fact and popular fiction titles, annuals and National Curriculum revision guides for home and school.
  • Assistive technology and grants - Discover how assistive technology (also called access or adaptive technology) could help your child play and study – and how you can secure funding.
  • Sensory equipment and grants - Playing with sensory toys and apps will help improve your child's social, emotional and technological skills. Find out how we can help you choose and fund what your child needs.
  • Family events - A UK-wide programme of day and weekend family events where children with a visual impairment, and their siblings, can play with others who have similar conditions and parents can access information and help.
  • Education support - Find out how to get specialist support that will meet your child’s needs to ensure they are supported at school, and that they attend the nursery, school or college that’s right for them.
  • Family support - Our trained and experienced family support officers are able to provide practical advice and emotional support from the moment your child is diagnosed with a vision impairment.
  • Mobility training - Our Movement Matters training will give your child the confidence to independently navigate the world around them safely, with lifelong orientation and mobility skills.
  • Guide dogs for children and young people - A guide dog could offer significant benefits to your child, including increased confidence, self-esteem, independence and mobility.
  • Buddy dogs - We believe that a dog can make a remarkable difference in any child’s life by fostering a sense of responsibility and companionship through the human/animal bond.

Call our advice line on 0800 781 1444 for more information and guidance for families with children with a vision impairment.

Who to contact

0118 983 5555
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Where to go

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Burghfield Common

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Address: Burghfield Common,  Reading, 

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