For more than 60 years, Guide Dogs SA/NT has enabled a lifetime of independence, participation, inclusion and wellbeing for people with vision impairment, children with autism, and their families.
The Guide Dogs SA Association was started by the Adelaide and Unley Apex Groups in 1957. Five years later, South Australia partnered with Northern Territory to become Guide Dogs SA/NT. The first qualified Guide Dog in South Australia was ‘Faye’, who was placed in Brighton in 1957.
From being the first provider of Guide Dogs in South Australia, we have a long history of innovation and finding solutions that will have the biggest, most positive impact for people. This pursuit has taken us far beyond our iconic Guide Dogs.
We were the first Guide Dogs team to be trained in using ‘sonic spectacles’. Guide Dogs SA/NT was involved in creating a revolutionary mobile educational display unit, as well as Australia’s first interactive vision and hearing education centre. In 2010, we pioneered the provision of Autism Assistance Dogs.
We have a strong and long-standing reputation for doing what’s right. That’s why Guide Dogs has been voted Australia’s Most Trusted Charity on seven occasions.