The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association wants a society in which blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
Guide Dogs deliver the guide dog service and other mobility services, as well as breaking down barriers - both physical and legal - to enable blind and partially sighted people to get around on their own.
The ability to get around is vital in order to live a full life. Guide Dogs empower blind and partially sighted people to do that and they rely on the support of the public to fund their services.
What they do
Guide Dogs have been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, providing many thousands to blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and from all walks of life. Guide Dogs also deliver confidence-building rehabilitation services to adults, young people and children - including long cane mobility training and communication and daily living skills.
Guide Dogs carries out research that provides sound scientific evidence on which to base our services, campaigns, policies and operational procedures. They fund ophthalmic research projects, and carry out canine research in-house.
Equal Rights Campaigning
Visual impairment is a fact of life for thousands of people, and with an ageing population many more will be affected by sight loss in the future. Guide Dogs campaign alongside visually-impaired people for rights that most sighted people take for granted. These include access to services and transport, freedom of mobility, and provision of better rehabilitation services. Working closely with guide dog owners, service providers, other voluntary organisation and MPs, they've won major victories and have successfully lobbied to influence policies and legislation.