Dogs for the Deaf’s Autism Program is currently in transition. While some programs have found great success with breeding dogs to specifically work with people with autism, Dogs for the Deaf has always had a mission to rescue dogs from shelters and train them to work with people in need. We have found that finding and rescuing suitable dogs from shelters for this important work is much more difficult. It takes a particularly remarkable dog to work reliably with a child on the autism spectrum. Child and Dog safety is our greatest priority. At this time we are reevaluating the program in order to make it more successful in the future.
At this time we are not accepting applications for Autism Assistance Dogs. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.