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Programs that provide and train recipients in the use of animals who have been taught to help individuals who have disabilities increase their mobility and independence and/or maximize their ability to communicate effectively.

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Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
Autism Center of PittsburghOffers psychological and psychiatric evaluations for autistic children. Counseling is also available. Parent support is offered by parents of children with autism. ACP also offers support groups, family mentoring, advocacy, specialized information and referral; group outings and recreation for children with autism and their families. Depending on funding, may be able to match one child per year with a service dog. Offers educational information and programming to help raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders. AutismLink is a national database connecting parents with services for their child. Two locations: Autism Center of Pittsburgh -- North Hills 135 Cumberland Rd., Suite 105 Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Phone: (412) 364-1886 Fax: (412) 364-7120 Autism Center of Pittsburgh - South Hills 2893 Banksville Road Pittsburgh, PA 15216 Phone: (412) 537-9879AlleghenyAutism Center of PittsburghAutism Center of Pittsburgh
Canine Partners for Life - Service Dog ProgramGreater independence, joy, fulfillment, confidence, security, and love are provided by CPL service dogs. Our service dog program is designed to help individuals who have a wide range of disabilities. CPL trains service dogs to assist individuals who have mobility impairment and balance disorders, difficulty using their hands/arms, health related fatigue issues, and people with seizure disorders.ChesterCanine Partners for Life - Chester; CochranvilleCanine Partners for Life
Dogs for the DeafHearing dogs are trained from four to six months and delivered free anywhere in the United States. The dogs are conditioned to respond to a variety of sounds, including smoke and fire alarms, crying infants, kitchen appliances, the owner's name being called, alarm clocks and doorbells. For application apply through agency. 16 years and over. Dogs for Deaf also trains & places Dogs for for Seniors & Special Needs Dogs with people with other special challenges. Hearing Dogs Autism Assistance Dogs Program Assistance Dogs adoptable Career Change Dogs10175 Wheeler Rd, Central Point OR (Dogs for the Deaf)Dogs for the Deaf
Guide Dog Foundation for the BlindThe hallmark of the Guide Dog Foundation is its meticulous matching program to ensure that each applicant is teamed with the guide dog that best suits that person’s personality, lifestyle, and physical needs. The accredited 12-day guide dog training program offers a 2:1 student/instructor ratio and focuses on incorporating a blend of customized training formats to meet the specific lifestyles and needs of students while maximizing the training time in class for students and their dogs as they prepare for real-world situations. Students in class will also participate in lectures on grooming and care for their dog, obedience practice, accessibility awareness and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and guide dog etiquette for non-guide dog users. Upon completion of training, the newly created human and guide dog team returns home to start their new life together. They will have begun to master all of the techniques they need to be successful—from finding the checkout counter at a store, to maneuvering through a crowded train station, to passing through a revolving door. The team can travel confidently and independently on suburban routes or city streets, during the day or at night, alone or in rush hour. Guide Dog Foundation for the BlindGuide Dog Foundation For The Blind
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind - America’s VetDogsAmerica’s VetDogs trains and places guide and service dogs to help veterans with disabilities once again lead active, independent lives. Not only does a guide or service dog provide assistance with daily activities, it provides the motivation to take on new challenges. People focus on the dog, not the disability. With a VetDog by his or her side, a veteran is never alone. America’s VetDogs serves the needs of veterans with disabilities from all eras who have honorably served our country. VetDogs trains and places guide dogs for individuals who are blind; service dogs for those with other physical disabilities; and physical and occupational therapy dogs to work with service members in military and VA hospitals. It is accredited by Assistance Dogs International and the International Guide Dog Federation. For a dog to become a VetDog guide or service dog, it must meet our health, safety, and training standards.Guide Dog Foundation for the BlindGuide Dog Foundation For The Blind
National Education of Assistance Dog Services (NEADS)National Education of Assistance Dog Services provides independence to people who are deaf or have a disability through the use of canine assistance. NEADS offers a wide spectrum of assistance dog services, including:
  • Deaf & Hearing Loss: Our hearing dogs are specially trained to alert human partners to the source of a sound.
  • Combat Veterans: Our Canines for Combat Veterans program is designed to help the growing population of wounded veterans.
  • Physical Disability: Our service dogs assist people by performing everyday tasks like picking up dropped items, opening doors, and more.
  • Classroom, Therapy & Ministry: Our uniquely trained dogs engage and inspire a practitioner's community.
  • Children with a Disability: Service dogs for children perform many of the same tasks they can for adults, and offer our younger clients greater independence.
  • Children on the Autism Spectrum: Social dogs help a child on the autism spectrum feel calmer and more confident.
PO Box 213, West Boylston MA (National Education of Assistance Dog Services (NEADS))National Education of Assistance Dog Services (NEADS)
New Hope Assistance DogsEducating the public and training service dogs to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.WarrenNew Hope Assistance DogsNew Hope Assistance Dogs
PAWS with a CauseTrains assistance dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages independence. PAWS promotes awareness through education and advocacy. Paws With A Cause doesn’t limit itself to specific disabilities, but breeds and custom-trains Assistance Dogs for people with physical disabilities, hearing loss, seizures and autism. PAWS trains the following types of Assistance Dogs:
  • Service Dogs: For a physical disability, debilitating chronic illness or neurological disorder,
  • Hearing Dogs: For people who are deaf or hard of hearing,
  • Seizure Response Dogs: For those with epilepsy or other seizure disorders,
  • Service Dogs for Children with Autism: For children 12 and younger with Autism,
  • Combination Dogs: Service & Hearing, Service & Seizure, Hearing & Seizure.
The dog is provided at no cost to the client. However, PAWS needs to raise $30,000 to cover the cost of breeding, care, customized training and continued support of each team. The significant majority of funds raised by PAWS come from individual donors. PAWS also receives support from businesses, foundations and community groups (eg: AMVETS, Lions). Additional location: SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN REGIONAL OFFICE 
 Address: 1328 Wheaton, Troy, MI 48083 Phone: 248-619-9201 Fax: 248-619-9204
 Hours: By appointment
PAWS with a CausePaws With A Cause
Seeing Eye, Service AnimalsThe Seeing Eye:
  • Breeds and raises puppies to become Seeing Eye dogs (or obtains them occasionally by purchase or exchange);
  • Trains Seeing Eye dogs to guide blind people;
  • Instructs blind people in the proper use, handling, and care of the dogs;
  • Conducts and supports research on canine health and development.
By instructing people in the use of Seeing Eye® dogs, we provide them with effective tools with which they can increase their mobility, independence and self-confidence. With greater independence comes a higher quality of life and enhanced employability. Additional location Canada: The Seeing Eye Organization C/O T8059 P.O. Box 8059 STN A Toronto, ON M5W 3W5 Phone: (647) 479-4251 Email:
Seeing EyeSeeing Eye
Susquehanna Service Dogs - Keystone Human ServicesMission: Trains and provides service dogs and hearing dogs to assist children and adults with disabilities to become more independent. Training of assistance dogs Training of individuals who receive SSD dogs Follow-up and retraining as necessary for working teams. Demonstrations for community groups who are interested in furthering SSD's mission LebanonSusquehanna Service Dogs - Keystone Human ServicesKeystone Human Services
Susquehanna Service Dogs ProgramTrains and provides service dogs and hearing dogs to assist children and adults with disabilities to become more independent. Service dogs can be partnered with people with mobility disabilities, seizure disorders, autism and psychiatric disabilities. Hearing dogs are partnered with individuals with hearing loss or deafness. SSD also trains facility dogs who are a tool for the professionals at the facility with Animal Assisted therapies. DauphinKeystone Children & Family Services - DauphinKeystone Human Services
UDS - Service Dogs- Service dogs: UDS-trained service dogs help improve quality of life for both owners and their families. Service dogs enable their owners to lead happier, more independent lives. Service dogs are trained for over two years by a team of dedicated volunteers and professionals to obey and assist. - Companion dogs: UDS provides companion dogs for people who may not require physical assistance, but who would benefit from the loving companionship of a specially trained dog. - Facility dogs: UDS can also supply specially trained dogs to long-term care facilities and schools. These dogs assist physical, occupational, recreational, and social therapists in working with their clients. Volunteer programs: - Puppy Homes: Puppy Homes raise and train new puppies giving approximately 18 months of patience, time and love - Puppy Sitters: Puppy sitters provide much needed respite for Puppy Homes by keeping them during sitter vacations or emergencies - Puppy Pals: Puppy Pals assist Puppy Homes by playing with, exercising and training puppies - Special Events Volunteers: Assist by staffing booths at various shows, events and fundraisers, where persons can help exercise and baby sit puppies providing respite for Puppy Home families LancasterUDS - Erin CourtUDS Foundation

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