At Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, we help young people who have impaired vision to travel confidently and safely, whether they're surrounded by paddocks or skyscrapers.
Citywise is a program that we developed for especially for young people who have impaired vision and live in the country. Since many of them will later work or study in towns and cities, participating in Citywise is a great introduction to mobility in an urban environment.
What do the participants learn?
For most participants, this is their first visit to Sydney.
We teach them about city life. They ride public transport, cross busy streets with pedestrians and peak-hour traffic, and plan journeys using information from the bus and train authorities.
Though this training is a lot of hard work, the city is always an exciting classroom. The participants discover all that it has to offer, often with insider tips from a Guide Dog user who grew up in the country and now lives in Sydney.
How can my child join the group?
Citywise is held during the spring and autumn school breaks. It is open to all senior school students who have impaired vision and also live in the country or outskirts of Sydney.
Like all our services, the Citywise program is free of charge, except for the cost of travel to Sydney.
Occasionally, we also run a Countrywise program for young city-based clients to learn Orientation and Mobility skills in a rural setting.
For more information about either program, please contact us using our online contact form.
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