In April 2022 we joined with another seven leading sight loss organisations to make a public commitment to increasing the number of blind and partially sighted people employed within our sector, including at senior management level. We are making this commitment in recognition of both the special value brought to our workforce by people with lived experience of sight loss, and the fact that the numbers employed within our sector are lower than might be expected. We recognise that this needs to change and that we have a responsibility to set an example for other sectors. That’s why we’ve committed to specific actions and to accountability by reporting on our progress. As we make progress we will share what we’ve learned with the wider sector, including our colleagues and partners in local sight loss organisations, to help achieve our shared ambition of greater representation of lived experience. To find out more about our commitment, please download the PDF below and read the full statement:
We’ve got a fantastic range of jobs - over 400 roles - at Guide Dogs. So this week, we’re asking Alex Pepper, our first Head of Accessibility, what makes him tick. Clue: it’s got a lot to do with levelling the playing field while giving stepladders to all those who need.
Guide Dogs has teamed up with SignVideo to help make our support accessible to deaf people and people who have a combined sight and hearing loss who use sign language to communicate.