Autism Assistance Dogs

In April 2016 Dogs for the Deaf reached a major milestone, placing its first Autism Assistance Dog, Ian (pictured to the left), in southern Oregon, as part of its beta program.  Since placing its second Autism Assistance Dog, Yoko, in June Dogs for the Deaf is now in the final stages of developing its cutting-edge program.  The Training Department is currently working to refine its training protocols in order to produce the highest quality Autism Assistance Dogs available.

It takes a particularly remarkable dog to work reliably with a child on the autism spectrum. A dog with the appropriate temperament and size is necessary for this program.  Ultimately, Dogs for the Deaf is excited about expanding the number of people they help and the lives they touch.

At this time Dogs for the Deaf is actively seeking families in the greater Rogue Valley (southern Oregon) area only. We’re seeking to place Autism Assistance Dogs with children on the spectrum, ages ranging from 5 to 12 years.  Over time we hope to expand the program across Oregon, then the western United States, and eventually across the country.

Autism Assistance Dog – PSA (Feb 2017)

DFD Autism Assistance Dogs – PSA from Dogs for the Deaf on Vimeo.

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