Dog’s have long been known as mans best friend. They can be loyal and obedient, as well as the best source of comfort to their human family members. Additionally, they can be of great service to those with special needs, both physically and mentally. Our goal is to provide connections, resources, and possible funding to offset the costs to those with financial and special needs who may benefit from being partnered with a service dog.
Autism/Social Services Dogs
Psychiatric Disability Dogs
Medical Alert or Response Dogs
Traditional Mobility Dogs
Service dogs, although loved and adored as family members, are defined by the American Disabilities Act as a dog that fundamentally aids via doing a task(s) in a disabled person’s daily life. To become ADA qualified, they must undergo individual training and meet specific guidelines. Once a dog meets these ADA qualifications and becomes certified, there are many other sources of support available to you. Comfort or emotional support dogs do not qualify as skills under the ADA for service animals. Therefore they are not protected or have the same rights under the law. For example, service dogs have protection for public access when working; therapy animals, companions or other assistance animals do not.
ADA approved and trained Service Dogs are costly; ranging from $25,000-$35,000 pending the special need. A great number of providers are available throughout the Nation and travel may be required to obtain the ideal partner for your special need. This may be an added expense to you that should be considered before applying.
Inspiring HANDS, Inc. has partnered with approved organizations and training centers that may be able to assist those with special needs to become qualified to partner with a service dog. Once you have applied and been approved, you may qualify to receive $250 to $5,000 in IH Scholarship Funds towards the service dog. IH Service Dog Scholarships differ from our Camperships and Riderships due to the nature of all aspects involved. Although applicants are considered annually, scholarships may not be granted annually.
Additionally, applicants do not apply through the IH Application link, but directly with the dog training facility via the links at the bottom of this page.
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