Apply for an Autism Dog

A Service Dog for Autism can broaden your horizons and help you do things you never thought you could do.

An assistance dog for a person with autism can be trained to assist those with autism to better cope with public situations. These dogs are taught to apply deep pressure relief and comfort by pressing on a leg or lying on a person’s lap. They may also be used to encourage a person with autism to stay with their family member in public by providing a handle or leash for the person to hold and aid with increasing social and life skills. These dogs have full public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Jory, a PAALS client, says “I have autism, and the classic hallmark of autism is that social interaction is difficult,”

Jory credits his service dog, Daisy, with helping him engage with others.

“One thing that I’ve surprised myself with is that before I came to USC, I would have never thought that I could do something like Cocky’s Reading Express. That whole concept had been foreign to me. As a result, it’s been important for me to grow in that way and to overcome that challenge. Without Daisy, I would have never been able to overcome that step or try something that’s not in my comfort zone.”

Before submitting an application, please review the Service Dog Client Eligibility Requirements and the Service Dog Application Process pages.

Download Assistance Dog for Autism Application
Download Client Medical History Form
Download Reference Letter Template