Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd (GDS), previously known as Guide Dogs Association of the Blind (GDAB), was founded with the mission to help the visually impaired enhance their quality of life.
We are a non-profit organisation, and have been accorded Charity status by the Commissioner of Charities. Furthermore, we are registered with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) as an associate member and we hold an Institute of Public Character status, which means your donation to us (SGD$10 or more) is 250% tax deductible.
Today, we are committed to making further inroads for Guide Dog access with building owners, food establishments and regulators.
The services we provide:
· Orientation & Mobility Training (O&M)
A comprehensive and progressive programme that aims to restore independence and mobility to our beneficiaries. Our O&M training programme is conducted by specialised O&M instructors. There are three prongs to our O&M training programme: White Cane Training, Environmental Awareness, and Mental Mapping.
· Guide Dogs Programme
Guide dogs are specially bred and trained for two years according to the standards of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF). They learn to manage complex tasks, some of which include avoiding low-hanging and ground obstacles, walking in a straight line and finding doors for their handlers. They are also taught ‘intelligent disobedience’ and will disobey commands that may put the handlers and themselves in danger.
Guide dogs are ‘eyes’ to people with visual impairment and allow them to move faster with increased safety and confidence. They are also amazing animals that enhance their handlers’ emotional well-being and social life.
Guide dogs are carefully selected and matched with our beneficiaries. We provide training and life time follow up assistance to the guide dog teams.
· Activities of Daily Living
Our beneficiaries are trained in both basic activities of daily living (BADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) skills. BADLs include eating, showering and dressing while IADLs include more complex tasks such as using the ATM, preparing meals, using the phone and managing medications. Both sets of skills are important for our beneficiaries to be self-sufficient and lead independent lives, thus reducing the need for caregivers to assist them.
· BeFriender Programme
Carefully selected volunteers are trained to provide social support to our beneficiaries and encourage them to live active lives. They would meet up and 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 our beneficiaries.
Address: 18 Sin Ming Lane Midview City, #08-37 Singapore 573960
Phone number: 6339 7900