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Animals that have been trained to perform tasks to assist people with disabilities are called assistance animals. They may also be called service animals, helper animals or support animals.
Most commonly, dogs are assistance animals.
Assistance Dogs can pick up dropped items, open and close doors and cupboards, press the pedestrian button at the traffic lights, pay the cashier at the shops, get the phone, unload the washing machine and alert bark if their owner is in trouble. (source: www.assistancedogs.org.au)
Animal-assisted therapy and pets as therapy involve using animals as a form of treatment, to improve an individual's social, emotional or cognitive functioning, or to bring comfort and motivation to adults or children with disability.
Seeing Eye Dogs Australia – seda.visionaustralia.org/
Vision Australia - www.visionaustralia.org
Assistance Dogs Australia - www.assistancedogs.org.au
Guide Dog Association of NSW and ACT www.guidedogs.com.au
Guide Dogs SA and NT www.guidedogs.org.au/vision-services
Royal Guide Dog Association of Tasmania - www.humananimalinteraction.org.au/royal_guide_dogs_association_of_tasmania
Guide Dog Association of Victoria (HQ) - www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au
Pets As Therapy www.mydr.com.au/support-groups/pets-as-therapy - (03) 9854 4444
Guide Dog Association of Tasmania - www.guidedogstas.com.au
Association for the Blind of WA Inc & Guide Dogs WA - www.abwa.asn.au
An article on Autism Assistance dogs in the USA - https://www.rover.com/blog/autism-service-dogs
Paws Training for dogs in Australia - www.assistancedogs.org.au/pages/paws-program.html
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