We are excited and proud to announce the introduction of
our fifth program: Autism Assistance Dog Guides.
Spearheading this new initiative is Chris Fowler, who has
worked with over 300 families that have children with autism.
In 1996, he co-founded the first autism service dog program
and for several years has helped other schools worldwide
train dogs to assist families living with autism. “His guidance
and expertise will make a tremendous difference in the
advancement of this program, and will allow us to help even
more Canadians each year” says Sandy Turney, Executive
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the country and is estimated
to affect more than 1 in 150 people. This new program will provide Autism Assistance
Dog Guides to children 4-12 years of age, providing calming relief in high anxiety
situations and reducing the stress commonly experienced in public places.
This is the programme we have applied to for an "Autism Assistance Guide Dog" for Noah. It was quite an involved and extensive application with documentation and support from our physician, Noah's Occupational Therapist and his Resource Teacher in addition to written statements from us and descriptions of Noah's needs. We also had to include 3 character references including our veterinarian. We are very excited to let you know that we sent it on its' way to Oakville, ON via registered mail on January 25th.
So now we wait for an assessment of our application.
Noah is the sweetest little guy, we just adore him and want the best for him.... for him to be able to enjoy life & be safe....
See article here: Info about Autism Assistance Dog Guides of Canada
Too many more details to add right now... let's just get past this first hurdle! So exciting!
Please pray that Noah will be seen as a good candidate for a special friend- an Autism Assistance Dog Guide to help him. Thank you...
Noah Adam Scott age 7 1/2, December 2009
Photo by Tammy Pyette