Guide Dogs NSW/ACT provide a range of mobility aids and devices to help people living with impaired vision travel more safely and confidently. Our services include training in the use of White Canes, Guide Dogs, mobile phone GPS and electronic mobility devices known as "Miniguides". These training programs are tailored for each client, according to his or her specific needs, whether they be to cross the road safely, to find his or her way to the local shops or to catch public transport to work.
By far the most common mobility device is the white cane. The cane is used to check for obstacles and cues on the person's path of travel. Sometimes people supplement the use of a cane with another "secondary device" such as a Miniguide. Others use both a white cane and a guide dog, depending on the situation.
All these mobility aids are available for anyone with vision impairment who is a resident of New South Wales or the ACT, and are provided free of charge.
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