Frequently Asked Questions:
These are the questions most commonly asked by people considering whether they should apply for Independent Living Skills training. We hope they give you more of an insight into training with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
- Is there an age limit for training in Independent Living Skills?
- What does this training do for me?
- I still have some vision. Can this training help me?
- What type of equipment is used?
- Do I need a medical examination?
- How would I be trained in Independent Living Skills?
- How long will I wait before I train?
- What do I need to do to prepare for class?†
- What happens after training is completed?
- What happens next?
There is no upper age limit although a good level of health and fitness is required as courses can sometimes be demanding. The minimum age for applicants is 16 years old.† Please note that applicants between the ages of 16 and 18 are required to provide parental/guardian consent before attending any residential programmes.
2. What does this training do for me?
Independent Living Skills training provides tuition in techniques, methods and tricks designed to tackle a wide range of everyday tasks. These techniques are a combination of methods acquired through practice, experience, and tried and tested methods used by others who have shared them with us. Active participation in class discussion and practical sessions is essential.
3.I still have some vision. Can this training help me?
Independent Living Skills training explores many methods and demonstrations. Remaining vision can be helpful as you acquire and reinforce new skills. For example, remaining vision can be assisted by the use of visual strategies such as colour contrast i.e. using a white plate on a red tablemat.
4.What type of equipment is used?
A range of equipment is used, both specialist and standard. All equipment demonstrated is widely available in local or department stores or from the NCBI. The types of equipment used are selected according to a clientís preferences and needs. Information is supplied on locating any pieces of equipment introduced.
5.Do I need a medical examination?
Yes, we will ask you to arrange for a medical to be completed by your GP. However, this should not hold up your application but is required before commencement of all training programmes with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
6.How would I be trained in Independent Living Skills?
In a similar manner to all courses delivered by Irish Guide Dogs, Independent Living Skills classes are individually developed and tailored specifically to your needs. Classes are one week long and are residential. To view our photo gallery showcasing our facility, click here.
Following initial contact with a member of Irish Guide Dogs staff an instructor will contact you to discuss your training programme. Waiting times can vary but it is unlikely that it would exceed 12 months.
8.What do I need to do to prepare for class?
The class starts with a session discussing each individualís needs and aims. You can prepare for the class by determining the particular skills you feel you need to develop during the class. That way you will gain most from the class
9.What happens after training is completed?
If you feel that Independent Living Skills training is right for you then apply now and we will be in contact with you. For more information contact us on 1850 506 300 or email email@example.com.