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.

Individual Advocacy

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:

Similarly, if your business needs advice on accessibility issues, we are here to help.

Access Rights

Guide Dog and Assistance Dog owners cannot be discriminated against under Irish law on the grounds of disability

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Accessibility Guides

Range of factsheets which help various businesses and establishments to assist Guide and Assistance Dog owners.

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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

Get in touch with us to find out more information.

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