When Sophie’s little girls Alma and Suzie were diagnosed with Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), she didn’t receive much information from the hospital, so Sophie decided to look online and managed to find Guide Dogs children and young peoples’ services.
Sophie was invited to a Family Weekend by our Family Support team where she spoke with the specialist education staff who advised her on Braille, tactile learning and mainstream schools. Sophie also found it helpful to meet with other families in a similar situation, and has since built up a network through attending these events.
Sophie says “Yes there are of course still times when we, as parents, worry about their future but it is peace of mind to know that there are the services available through Guide dogs to answer our questions should we need them in the future.”
The weekend also gave Alma and Suzie a chance to spend time with other children with a vision impairment.
“Alma and Suzie should be able to do what they want and to have lots of friends. Going to these events makes us feel all this is possible and when the children are older they can know there are other kids out there with similar conditions.”
Family Days Out events are arranged specifically for those children with a vision impairment and their families, and can help to: Supply specialist support and guidance to parents, meet other people in a similar situation, provide a fun and safe environment that encourages children with sight conditions to build confidence and to make friends.
Guide Dogs hosts events year-round at attractions such as audio-described theatres, zoos, theme parks and sensory playgrounds.
For more information on our Family Days out and Children and Young People’s services visit bit.ly/FamDaysOut, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or free phone 0800 781 1444