In 2008, Guiding Eyes for the Blind introduced Heeling Autism – a program in which its world-renowned dogs are trained to provide safety for children with autism. In actuality, these dogs are primarily tasked with preventing children from bolting or wandering in public. But in most cases, these K9 friends offer countless additional gifts to the lives of those affected by autism. Take a look at how Pablo, a Healing Autism black lab, provides relief and support to the O’Connor family, enhancing their lives in more ways than they ever expected.
“Children and adults alike stop to ask if they can pet her dog. They ask his name and his age and how long we’ve had him. Suddenly, a conversation is set in motion and smiles are exchanged as Pablo happily steps into the spotlight and the rest of us find ourselves experiencing a rare moment of calm within the confines of a public space.”
Learn more about Heeling Autism, and visit Guiding Eyes for the Blind for more information and inspiration.