'Their Own kind of Wonderful'
Welcome to Appaws for Autism In Scotland. We are made up of 4 Directors, Carol – Founder, Jo – Co-founder, Niel Chisholm – Director of Assistance Dogs and Christine Meaney – Director & Trainer of Appaws Autism Assistance Dogs.
As a charity organisation and company we are the ONLY facility in Scotland to provide autism assistance/therapy dogs or autism service training, to autistic families who already have a pup, at a minimal cost to them.
We will work with partner organisations to re-home animals who may become therapeutic pets and provide autism specific training to dogs and other therapeutic pets for deployment to people with an autism spectrum disorder.
In doing this supporting families to access services in day to day situations, encouraging social skills and independence. In turn improving and developing life skills, safety, socialisation, comfort and better quality of life. Having an assistance dog will support autistic individuals to access public places such as shopping centres, restaurants, cinema, airport, doctors, public transport and much more.
An autism specific assistance dog can increase social interaction, confidence and safety. They can comfort and protect in times of great anxiety or stress and keep a person safe in times of grave danger by alerting, carrying out deep pressure techniques and distraction. Most of all your child/adult will experience and gain unconditional love and a best friend for life. A guardian angel in the guise of a dog.