Assistance dogs, aka service dogs, are specially trained to assist people with disabilities. These highly trained dogs can help us increase independence and reduce reliance on family, friends or carers.

Types of Assistance Dogs

The disabilities can be physical, such as blindness, mobility impairments, or mental health-related. As a result, there are several different types of assistance dogs, including

  • Guide dogs for the blind
  • Hearing dogs for the deaf
  • Mobility assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities
  • Psychiatric service dogs for those with mental health conditions

They have many skills to help people with disabilities improve their independence in everyday life. For example, a mobility assistance dog can open doors, pick up dropped objects, turn on or off lights, and more. Service dogs also provide support, comfort, and a sense of companionship for individuals with mental health conditions.

Assistance Dogs for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Furthermore, many people with disabilities feel isolated and disconnected from their communities. In addition to the practical benefits, service dogs can bring emotional support and help us break down barriers and facilitate socialisation.

Overall, assistance dogs can make a significant difference in the lives of people with spinal cord injuries or other disabilities. There are several ways to apply for an assistance dog. Meanwhile, training programs can also include personalised tasks for different applicants.

We have built a factsheet that contains the resources to help you look for assistance from the furry kind. Please head to the factsheet about assistance dogs if interested.

The NDIS and Assistance animals

The NDIS may fund an assistance animal, but you need to provide some evidence to support that an assistance animal is reasonable and necessary to meet your needs and help you pursue your goals. If you need more support for the NDIS, don’t hesitate to contact our NDIS Support Coordination team. We’re always pleased to provide you with professional assistance.

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