This week is Carers' Week! So we thought we'd ask one of our favourite organisations to contribute a post about perhaps the cutest carers of all: their specialist trained dogs for autistic people!
Autism Dogs Community Interest Company (CIC) are a unique non-for-profit company based in Congleton, Cheshire that trains Assistance Dogs for autistic people and Therapy Dogs to work in Special Educational Needs (SEN) environments within educational establishments or hospitals.
We are the first and only Assistance Dog Programme accredited by the National Autistic Society, an approved candidate member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI) / Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu), full member of Animal Assisted Intervention International (aaii) and Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), supporting member of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), and a pre-approved training school for Assistance Dogs by British Airways.
We are driven and motivated by our love of dogs and our passion for helping autistic people. By adding the wonderful benefits of a highly-trained dog into the life of an autistic person, we hope to improve their independence, and enable them to develop new skills and gain greater social confidence.