Dogs for the Deaf will present a new program at the Rogue Valley Mall, Monday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. The event will take place inside the Mall in front of Kohl’s.
Dogs for the Deaf, the oldest and large Hearing Dog program in the United States, has expanded its program to include Autism Assistance Dogs for children with autism. With the incredible rise in the rates of autism, Dogs for the Deaf wants to help meet the need by providing specially trained dogs to help children with autism and their families. The specialized training these dogs receive will greatly enhance the child’s safety and provide for improved family relationships and dynamics.
One mother of a child with autism in Canada said she was never able to let go of her child’s hand or arm outside of the house until the Autism Assistance Dog arrived. Another said that the night after the dog arrived was the first time her six-year-old autistic child slept through the night.
Ginger, a black Labrador, is the first Autism Assistance Dog completing training at Dogs for the Deaf. She will be ready for placement soon.
Representatives from Dogs for the Deaf will be on hand at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 to demonstrate Ginger’s skills and show how she is trained to assist with this very special, unique need.
Dogs for the Deaf will still continue to training Hearing Dogs.