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Assistance Dogs.

An Assistance Dog can positively impact the whole family.
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Support for you and your child

Our highly-skilled Assistance Dogs offer freedom, independence and inclusion for children with autism and their entire families.

An Assistance Dog can positively impact families in many ways, providing safety for a child with autism as well as making outings and activities more possible and less stressful for all.

Thanks to personalised training and specialist support from Guide Dogs staff, an Assistance Dog can learn to assist with daily tasks, providing support for children with autism, their parents/caregivers and siblings.

An Assistance Dog promotes social interaction and assists in the development of the skills used to enable participation in community, social and recreational activities.

The program is currently available to families residing in South Australia.

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Would my family benefit from an Autism Assistance Dog?

Our dogs are trained to benefit children who:

  • Have a confirmed diagnosis of autism
  • Have a severe deficit in verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Have a severe impairment in functioning
  • Have limited to nil social interaction ability
  • Have severely repetitive behaviours
  • Have severe and frequent absconding tendencies.

Parents and children are required to meet additional criteria, which are available upon application.

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What are the next steps?

If you would like to enquire about the assistance Dog program or submit an application, please contact us:


1800 757 738

Since being matched with Tanner I don’t feel so alone.

Having my guide dog allows me to have hope for my future.