Action to create change
Advocacy means taking action to create change. It helps people to find their voice either individually or collectively.
At Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind we support our Clients in all three areas of advocacy: Self-advocacy, Individual advocacy and Collective/Systems advocacy.
We support our Clients to advocate for themselves by providing them with the tools they need to speak for themselves, primarily providing up-to-date information in areas such as understanding your needs, knowing your rights and responsibilities, and communicating these to others.
A lot of the advocacy work that we do in Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is individual advocacy where we speak with permission, on behalf of another person or group of people. It usually involves an access issue which is resolved by education and provision of information about the work our Dogs do and the rights of our Clients.
Collective or Systems Advocacy
We make submissions on policies and laws that impact our Clients in a range of areas including transport and planning.
Advocacy and Policy Officer
Contact our Advocacy and Policy Officer, Lean Kennedy if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Similarly, if your business needs advice on accessibility issues, we are here to help.
Access Rights for Guide Dogs
Guide Dog Owners cannot be discriminated against under Irish law on the grounds of disabilityFind Out More
Access Rights for Assistance Dogs
What to know about access rights for Assistance DogsFind Out More
Range of factsheets which help various businesses and establishments to assist Guide and Assistance Dog owners.Find Out More
Luke & Kain
Luke is still non-verbal but when I see him smiling down at Kain it shows me he doesn’t need words to express how happy he is.
Kim & Jango
Meeting Jango was one of the best moments of my life. He’s a beautiful big cuddly dog with the personality to match. From the moment I met him I knew we were going to be best buddies.
Shauna & Esme
When I needed a hand, I found a paw.
Conor & Quelda
When Conor is with Quelda he smiles and is comfortable being out and about which is such an amazing gift – we never leave home without her. She has changed all of our lives.
Aran & Buttons
Being a Guide Dog Owner is such a privilege and positive experience. Buttons has enhanced my life in so many ways and I will always be grateful for that.
Get in touch with us
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