In recent years, Guide Dogs has expanded its services beyond our dogs to help thousands of people with sight loss lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives.
There are around 35,000 children and young people living with a vision impairment in the UK. Around 80 per cent of a child’s learning takes place using vision. So it’s vital children with sight loss receive support as early as possible after diagnosis, to give them the skills and confidence they need to enjoy childhood and reach their potential as adults.
We made this film to raise awareness of Guide Dogs services for children, young people, and their families. For example, our habilitation specialists work with children on movement, orientation and independence skills. We also provide family support at diagnosis, independent advice on benefits available, and help with educational needs.
In this film, we meet three-year-old Nell, who was born with congenital glaucoma, and her family. Nell has been learning to use a cane with the help of Guide Dogs Habilitation Specialist, Branwen Jones.
Nell’s story was featured in a fundraising campaign and on various media including BBC Radio 5 Live. It was the most-watched film on the BBC News website on 5 September.
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