April is a very important month in the autism community. We support Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue Campaign, Autism Awareness Month, World Autism Awareness Day and countless other fund-raisers and Walks to benefit autism research. In conjunction with all of the April festivities, Animals for Autism will be placing, FREE of charge, one of our highly-qualified service animals with a child (5+) or and adult in need who has an ASD.
While service animals are not appropriate in every case, when they are appropriate, Autism Service Animals are a wonderful addition to the treatment programs of many individuals on the autism spectrum. Service animals can:
*Help save lives by preventing wandering.
*Provide opportunities for positive social interaction in the community.
*Disrupt undesirable behaviors.
*Redirect their owners.
*Provide structure to daily living.
*Help teach respect and responsibility.
*Calm their owners with pressure therapy.
*Provide sensory awareness.
*Increase self-esteem. -and-
*Provide constant companionship.
To qualify for the free animal program, the applicant must be at least 5 years old by the time of placement, sometime in the Spring of 2012, and submit a complete application package to prior to the in-house deadline of April 30, 2011. Application packets and details are available on line at http://www.siberiansnowbabies.com/
In addition to the "Go Blue," free service animal program, Animals for Autism offers autism service animal training and placement on a nation-wide basis. The actual cost to raise and train a highly-qualified, ADA compliant Autism Service Animal is about $20,000. By privately funding all of the medical care, various incidentals, foster care and all of the animal's other expenses, we are able to provide our Autism Service Dogs for less than half the price of many other placement programs.
Those wishing to apply to our regular Autism Service Animal program should complete and submit a application packet, and omit the additional requirements of the "Go Blue" program. There is no deadline for regular program submissions. Complete program details are available at http://www.siberiansnowbabies.com/
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Animals for Autism offers training and placement of Autism Service Animals with both adults and children with autism spectrum disorders in the United States.