GUIDE DOGS SINGAPORE
Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd (GDS) was founded with the mission to help the visually impaired enhance their quality of life. To this end, GDS focuses on providing mobility training to the blind or visually impaired, and pair suitable candidates with Guide Dogs. The new GDS logo shows the close relationship between the person, a guide dog and a white cane, the two cornerstones of their programmes which allow their clients to move independently to participate in the community. The slogan "Enabling the Visually Impaired" reflects the GDS values to equip people with visual impairment with the life skills that enable them to be self-sufficient.
GDS is a non-profit voluntary welfare organisation, and have been accorded Charity status by the Commissioner of Charities. Furthermore, they are registered with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) as an associate member and hold an Institute of Public Character status.
Today, GDS is committed to making further inroads for Guide Dog access with building owners, food establishments and regulators, because it is our firm belief that Guide Dogs can be an even better help and companion for the visually impaired if they are better integrated into society.
To enable the blind and visually impaired community to realise their potential and aspirations.
To promote the interests of the blind and visually impaired community through close and dedicated partnerships with their stakeholders.
To promote inclusiveness amongst the society towards the blind and visually impaired community.
To always act with accountability and transparency in the course of their work.
How your funds will support Guide Dogs Singapore
Guide Dog Programme:
Affectionately considered a man's best friend, some dog breeds have an innate desire to work, making them exceptional service companions. The GDS Guide Dog's Programme harnesses a dog's guiding ability to
enhance the mobility and safety of blind and visually impaired people.
Orientation and Mobility:
The core of the organisation's work is the Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Programme, which is conducted by qualified instructors. It is part of rehabilitating the blind or visually impaired, that is, tot each them how to use their remaining senses to travel safely and live more independently.
GDS actively reaches out to the public to dispel myths and misconceptions related to guide dogs and the visually impaired people and at the same time, increase the acceptance of the use of guide dogs in Singapore. Talks and sighted guide techniques are conducted upon requests by companies and schools.
Independent Living Skills Training:
This programme equips clients with daily living skills that will allows them to live a more self-sufficient and independent life without having to rely on caregivers for basic daily needs. Occasionally, GDS also holds workshops and programmes that can help provide other necessary skills and emotional support to their clients.
Volunteers are trained to provide social support to our clients and encourage them to live active lives. They would meet up do activities that are fun and enjoyable such as shopping, dining and sports. Such outings offer opportunities for social interaction and practice of mobility skills, both of which are useful to their clients.