Our Autism Dog Program is in the final stages of development. We have a professional team with years of experience training Autism Assistance Dogs and we are working to refine our training program in order to produce the highest quality Autism Assistance Dogs available. As part of our beta program, we have graduated and placed our first Autism Assistance Dogs in 2016.
Autism Assistance Dogs are trained to enhance the safety of children across the autism spectrum. The dog often has a calming effect on the child and may increase the child’s willingness and ability to communicate. Autism Assistance Dogs can also help improve the child’s social skills and reduce behaviors common to children on the autism spectrum.
Current data from the Centers for Disease Control states that 1 in 68 children in the United States are on the Autism spectrum. As a result there is a tremendous need for Autism Assistance Dogs and we at Dogs for the Deaf look forward to helping meet this ever growing need.
Currently, we are not accepting nationwide applications for our Autism Assistance Dogs, but we are seeking families with an autistic child that reside within the Rogue Valley in Southwest Oregon to participate in our beta Autism Assistance Dog Program. If you are interested in learning more about this program, we encourage you to contact our Client Services Department at 541-826- 9220.