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Seeing Eye Dogs Australia

Contact

Name: Fiona Jessiman

Position: Gifts in Wills Manager

Email: fiona.jessiman@visionaustralia.org

Address

17 Barrett St

Kensington

Melbourne 3031

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Our Mission / Objective

Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) is a national organisation that established its first school for training dog guides in Victoria, on the 10th April 1960.

SEDA merged with Vision Australia on the 1st July 2008. We are a full member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF), fulfilling the requirements of their international accreditation process. SEDA was one of the first training schools in the world to meet the far more rigorous accreditation standards of the IGDF.  We are also full members and meet all the accreditation standards of Assistance Dogs International (ADI).

SEDA is the only national provider of dog guides specially bred and trained to act as dog guides for people who are blind or vision impaired. These unique dogs provide the ‘gift of independence’ and freedom in day-to-day life by becoming the ‘eyes’ of a person who is blind or vision impaired.

SEDA was founded in 1960 by Mrs P M Gration who was herself blind. Mrs Gration believed strongly in providing independent travel and understood how a dog guide could provide independence to substantially improve the quality of life for people who are blind or have low vision.

At SEDA, we do not receive any government funding so our work depends solely on the goodwill and support of our volunteers and donors to provide dogs as guides.

It costs more than $35,000 and takes up to two years of intensive training for one Seeing Eye Dog to graduate. However, because these dogs need to have the highest capabilities in order to meet strict requirements, not all of them pass.

Our clients need to have confidence in the dogs training and abilities to completely trust that the dog will guide them safely. Sometimes it’s not known until the very end of training whether a dog will be suitable – even the most highly skilled dog may not meet all of the criteria.

From its inception, SEDA has remained a user-driven organisation; our philosophy of putting clients first has been the cornerstone of SEDA’s work since 1960.

 

We feel that the attention, care and invPortrait photo of Leigh Garwoodolvement we give to each of our clients are what make us different. We don’t design or provide training programs in isolation; we always work in close co-operation with each individual client.

Our training is entirely one on one; it is not based on a prescriptive group or set training approach. This clearly underpins our belief in putting the client first.

http://www.visionaustralia.org/about-us/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/governance/our-people/leadership-team/person/leigh-garwood

Projects in Progress

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

67 108 391 831

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Making a Will is an important part of planning for the future. After you have provided for loved ones, you may then consider including Seeing Eye Dogs Australia as a beneficiary.

Many generous people support the important work of Seeing Eye Dogs Australia through bequests from their estates. Over the years, these contributions large and small have contributed significantly to our work. By leaving a lasting legacy, your gift enables us to assist people who are blind or have low vision to lead independent and fulfilling lives. It is one way of making a positive difference beyond your lifetime.

If you have already made a Will, you may like to consider asking your solicitor to add a codicil, which will incorporate your gift to Seeing Eye Dogs Australia.

Let us know so we can thank you

We understand that making a Will is a very personal matter. However, if you do intend making Seeing Eye Dogs Australia one of your beneficiaries, or already have done so, it would be a great help if you could let us know.

As well as being of assistance for our future planning, it gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and recognise your generosity and to discuss your wishes. Any information you give us will of course be in the strictest confidence.

For further information on making a bequest, in strict confidence, please phone our Bequests and Community Manager on our toll free number 1300 84 74 66.

Suggested wording in your Will

I give the whole/residual/a percentage of my estate / the sum of $______ (select as you feel appropriate) to Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (ABN 67 108 391 831) for the training and provision of Seeing Eye Dog services and I declare that the receipt of its chief executive officer, treasurer or other authorised officer, shall be a sufficient discharged to my executors.

General Donations

By giving a donation today, you can make a life changing difference to Australians who are blind or have low vision.

Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dog division provides mobility dogs nationwide and free of charge. It costs approximately $35,000 and up to two years to train a Seeing Eye Dog.

Your donation will be carefully invested in our vital Seeing Eye Dog program ensuring we can provide fully trained and professional Seeing Eye Dogs to Australians in need.

http://seda.visionaustralia.org/how-you-can-help/donate

Work with us

Volunteer with us

There are two different ways you can volunteer to temporary care.

Some temporary carers look after dogs while they undergo the last 6 months of their advanced training. While receiving training, our dogs need to be dropped off at the Seeing Eye Dog training facilities in Kensington each morning, and then collected each afternoon – Monday to Friday.

Other temporary carers take pups for shorter periods of time. This may be an older pup that needs a home for a few weeks or months before it starts advanced training or a pup that needs care for a few days or weekend while its carer is on holidays.
http://seda.visionaustralia.org/puppy-caring/what-is-temporary-dog-caring

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) is a national organisation that established its first school for training dog guides in Victoria, on the 10th April 1960.

SEDA merged with Vision Australia on the 1st July 2008. We are a full member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF), fulfilling the requirements of their international accreditation process. SEDA was one of the first training schools in the world to meet the far more rigorous accreditation standards of the IGDF.  We are also full members and meet all the accreditation standards of Assistance Dogs International (ADI).

SEDA is the only national provider of dog guides specially bred and trained to act as dog guides for people who are blind or vision impaired. These unique dogs provide the ‘gift of independence’ and freedom in day-to-day life by becoming the ‘eyes’ of a person who is blind or vision impaired.

SEDA was founded in 1960 by Mrs P M Gration who was herself blind. Mrs Gration believed strongly in providing independent travel and understood how a dog guide could provide independence to substantially improve the quality of life for people who are blind or have low vision.

At SEDA, we do not receive any government funding so our work depends solely on the goodwill and support of our volunteers and donors to provide dogs as guides.

It costs more than $35,000 and takes up to two years of intensive training for one Seeing Eye Dog to graduate. However, because these dogs need to have the highest capabilities in order to meet strict requirements, not all of them pass.

Our clients need to have confidence in the dogs training and abilities to completely trust that the dog will guide them safely. Sometimes it’s not known until the very end of training whether a dog will be suitable – even the most highly skilled dog may not meet all of the criteria.

From its inception, SEDA has remained a user-driven organisation; our philosophy of putting clients first has been the cornerstone of SEDA’s work since 1960.

 

We feel that the attention, care and invPortrait photo of Leigh Garwoodolvement we give to each of our clients are what make us different. We don’t design or provide training programs in isolation; we always work in close co-operation with each individual client.

Our training is entirely one on one; it is not based on a prescriptive group or set training approach. This clearly underpins our belief in putting the client first.

http://www.visionaustralia.org/about-us/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/governance/our-people/leadership-team/person/leigh-garwood

Projects in Progress

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

67 108 391 831

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Making a Will is an important part of planning for the future. After you have provided for loved ones, you may then consider including Seeing Eye Dogs Australia as a beneficiary.

Many generous people support the important work of Seeing Eye Dogs Australia through bequests from their estates. Over the years, these contributions large and small have contributed significantly to our work. By leaving a lasting legacy, your gift enables us to assist people who are blind or have low vision to lead independent and fulfilling lives. It is one way of making a positive difference beyond your lifetime.

If you have already made a Will, you may like to consider asking your solicitor to add a codicil, which will incorporate your gift to Seeing Eye Dogs Australia.

Let us know so we can thank you

We understand that making a Will is a very personal matter. However, if you do intend making Seeing Eye Dogs Australia one of your beneficiaries, or already have done so, it would be a great help if you could let us know.

As well as being of assistance for our future planning, it gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and recognise your generosity and to discuss your wishes. Any information you give us will of course be in the strictest confidence.

For further information on making a bequest, in strict confidence, please phone our Bequests and Community Manager on our toll free number 1300 84 74 66.

Suggested wording in your Will

I give the whole/residual/a percentage of my estate / the sum of $______ (select as you feel appropriate) to Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (ABN 67 108 391 831) for the training and provision of Seeing Eye Dog services and I declare that the receipt of its chief executive officer, treasurer or other authorised officer, shall be a sufficient discharged to my executors.

General Donations

By giving a donation today, you can make a life changing difference to Australians who are blind or have low vision.

Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dog division provides mobility dogs nationwide and free of charge. It costs approximately $35,000 and up to two years to train a Seeing Eye Dog.

Your donation will be carefully invested in our vital Seeing Eye Dog program ensuring we can provide fully trained and professional Seeing Eye Dogs to Australians in need.

http://seda.visionaustralia.org/how-you-can-help/donate

Work with us

Volunteer with us

There are two different ways you can volunteer to temporary care.

Some temporary carers look after dogs while they undergo the last 6 months of their advanced training. While receiving training, our dogs need to be dropped off at the Seeing Eye Dog training facilities in Kensington each morning, and then collected each afternoon – Monday to Friday.

Other temporary carers take pups for shorter periods of time. This may be an older pup that needs a home for a few weeks or months before it starts advanced training or a pup that needs care for a few days or weekend while its carer is on holidays.
http://seda.visionaustralia.org/puppy-caring/what-is-temporary-dog-caring

Our Annual Reports

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