Assistance Dogs for children with autism

This week on Ireland AM, we covered the subject of Assistance Dogs for children with autism. Pete was joined by Uzza, a much loved working Assistance Dog.


  1. Assistance Dogs for autistic children were introduced in 2005
  2. Irish Guide Dogs were the first European organisation to offer them
  3. The demand has outstripped supply in the past three years

Benefits of assistance dogs

  • Help children develop self confidence
  • Offer access to emotional support
  • Act as a safety device, stopping children from bolting


  • Irish Guide Dogs receive 80% of funding from public donations
  • Big earners include Christmas Cards
  • To help fund raising, contact or Lo-call: 1850 506 300

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