Advocacy and Public Outreach

What we do to create an inclusive society for the blind

Collaboration with schools.

Interactive talks were held at various schools such as Ngee Ann Secondary School and CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls’ School (Secondary) to help the students better understand the different types of vision conditions afflicting the blind and visually-impaired community here in Singapore. Simulation exercises were included to help the students get a feel of what a visually-impaired person ‘sees’ and how his/her vision impairment poses a challenge to him/her even in carrying out basic daily activities, while Guide Dog Team ‘Meet-and-Greet’ sessions helped to make the talks more engaging and interesting. At the end of these talks, many students pledged to do their part in making Singapore a more inclusive society for our visually impaired friends.

In addition, Raffles Institution teamed up with GDS to profile the good work that we do to parents and students on Parents’ Day and Research Education and Service Learning (RESL) Week. The collaboration helped GDS in our education outreach as well as raised funds for our organisation.

Collaboration with corporate partners.

As part of our public outreach efforts, GDS worked with our corporate partners to give talks to its staff and management with the objective of increasing awareness of the visually-impaired community in Singapore, providing information on guide dogs and how one can be a sighted guide to visually-impaired people.

The “RE Cares”, a corporate social responsibility programme driven by Reeds Elsevier and Reeds Exhibitions, is one such collaboration where GDS conducted a talk at their premises and their staff helped to raise funds through various in-house fundraising events.

Collaboration with healthcare partners.

To continue our public outreach efforts, GDS works closely with hospitals to give talks at their community events. We were invited by Tan Tock Seng Hospital to give a talk on Guide Dogs at their World Glaucoma Day. We also participated in the Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital with a talk on Orientation and Mobility.

In addition, a public education booth was set up for the event participants to experience what the visuallyimpaired people “see” through goggles that simulate the different forms of visual impairment and using the white cane blind-folded.

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Visual impairment (VI) is not a hindrance for a person to live an active and productive life. Understanding and acceptance from the public builds a VI-friendly society. We actively reach out to the public to dispel myths and misconceptions of guide dogs and the visually impaired people and increase the acceptance of the use of guide dogs in Singapore. Talks and sighted guide techniques are conducted upon requests by companies and schools.

It can be an interesting educational talk for your employees and students. Contact us to find out more.