The Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Amendment Bill has been passed in Queensland Parliament, allowing for alternative handlers to assist a primary handler (eg a child with disability), authorising trainers to issue handler identity cards, and removing the need for handlers to prove their disability when renewing identity cards.
One of the incredibly resourceful ladies I’ve had the privilege of “meeting” through Facebook has put together two very indepth resource guides that she is keen for people to share wherever they would be useful.
A Resource Guide & Ideas for Therapists, Teachers, Parents and Carers working with people with Special Needs- covers a multitude of topics, and is well worth checking out.
The Queensland Autism Parents Handbook is 101 pages and is a comprehensive guide to autism services, support, tips and ideas for Qld. The book is most relevant to Qld but is a valuable source of info wherever you live.
Some of the organisations in Australia who train and place Public Access Certified and/or Companion Dogs. Most of the organisations that supply Public Access Certified Dogs ask families to fundraise $15,000 towards the cost of raising and training a dog, and the waiting times are 2-3 years. Some of the organisations listed here will only place dogs locally, but most work within a wide geographic area – some even Australia-wide.
Righteous Pups (Bendigo, Vic) – Public Access Certified Dogs.
Smart Pups (Sunshine Coast, Qld) – Public Access Certified Dogs.
Guide Dogs Australia – some state organisations (linked to from this page) provide Public Access Certified Autism Assistance Dogs, and all of them will provide Companion Dogs.
Craig Murray Dog School (Qld) – Public Access Certified Dogs.
MindDog (NSW) – will assist families to train their own dog to pass the Public Access test.
Assistance Dogs Australia (NSW) – Companion Dogs.
Tamaruke Labradoodles (NSW) – Companion Dogs.
Canine Helpers for the Disabled (Qld) – Companion Dogs.