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Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI)
Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI)


We train and provide assistance dogs to children with autism. Our dogs help to ensure the child’s physical safety and provide a calming influence, increased confidence and independence for the child. The assistance dog can help to promote calmness in the child and, with the help of the assistance dog, the child will be able to integrate into his / her world, becoming more at ease in social situations with improved communication skills and increased participation in activities, leading a less isolated existence. The benefit to the child will become more medium and then long-term as the child benefits and develops emotionally with the therapeutic support of the dog. The child's family will be able to plan family outings if and when they previously were not able to do so. All of this helps the child to integrate into his / her community and to move towards inclusion and participation. We were founded in 2010 and, to date, we have placed 11 assistance dogs and 11 companion dogs nationally.


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