Assistance Dogs.

An Assistance Dog can positively impact the whole family.
A young child is getting a kiss from a yellow labrador dog. His mother is behind them giving them a cuddle.

Application update

Applications for the program are currently paused.

Thank you for your interest in our Assistance Dogs.

Due to the significant demand for our high-skilled Assistance Dogs, applications for the program are currently paused.

We are working hard to reopen the application process, and to support even more children with autism and their families.

We will provide an update on the application process as soon as possible.

Support for you and your child

Enabling participation in the community.

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.

Our Assistance Dogs have the same legal rights of access as a Guide Dog. Assistance Dogs are clearly identified by their body coats, which provide awareness of the dog’s special circumstances and support public access and inclusion.

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

A young child sitting outside on some grass next to an Autism Assistance Dog. The dog is a black labrador and is wearing an Autism Assistance Dog jacket.

Would my family benefit from an Autism Assistance Dog?

Who we can help.

Our dogs are trained to benefit children who:

  • Are aged between 3 and 8 years
  • 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 are required to meet additional criteria, which are available upon application.

Once accepted into the program, one or both parents must commit to a five-day in-house course at our office in Morphett Street. A subsequent three-week intensive training program is conducted, with the child, in the child’s home environment.

Brochures and Fact Sheets available:

Click here to download our Assistance Dog Fact Sheet

Click here to download our Assistance Dog Brochure

A man and a young child walking along a street. The child and man are holding the leash of a black labrador dog who is wearing an Autism Assistance Dog jacket.

These puppies have a special job to do.

Please help make their life-changing career possible.