VisAbility is part of a group of services which includes Guide Dogs WA.
Guide Dogs WA supports people with low or no vision to access a Guide Dog. A Guide Dog qualifies as a mobility aid and may be covered by NDIS funding. You do not have to be totally blind in order to receive one. You are eligible to apply if you are:
- 16 years of age or older
- Legally blind with a medical diagnosis
- A resident of Western Australia.
A Guide Dog can provide you with the confidence to get around safely and enjoy mobility and independence to lead a more fulfilling life. They can reduce reliance on other people and empower you by:
- Helping to navigate around obstacles in your path
- Stopping when there’s a change in surface level, such as a kerb or set of stairs
- Locating doors, seats and pedestrian buttons at traffic lights
- Locating destinations you use regularly, such as the shops, cafes and restaurants.
- Use public transport with confidence.
Upon completion of an application form, a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor will contact you to discuss your needs and to find out more about your vision impairment and lifestyle. Suitable applicants will be added to a waitlist until an appropriate match is available, based on your individual needs. Once a dog is matched a four week intensive training course will begin to provide the best chance of success with your new dog.
More detailed information about the Guide Dog program, including how to apply is available on the Guide Dogs WA (new window) website.
Guide Dogs are not suitable for everybody, but if you require assistance in getting around safely, our team of Orientation and Mobility specialists can provide support and route training and provide information about white canes or other mobility aids.
How to get support
If you have a diagnosis of vision impairment, please contact our friendly team using the form below to find out what low vision services and support we can provide to you both now and into the future.
There are also a number of low vision support groups within Perth and across the state, which can connect you with like-minded people to build friendships and offer support.
If you are a provider and wish to refer a client, please use our low vision medical certificate (online referral form) to make your referral.