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Service dogs are specially trained to provide assistance to people with physical disabilities, from individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility to those requiring a steady four-legged partner to balance them as they walk.

Some of their skills include retrieving dropped or selected items, assisting in dressing and undressing, pulling wheelchairs, bracing for balance or transfers, turning lights on and off, and opening and closing a variety of different types of doors.

At this time, due to lack of funding,we do not train dogs for Autism, Alzheimer's, cognitive challenges, diabetes, hearing loss, emotional assistance, post traumatic stress disorders (ptsd) or seizures.

People who receive service dogs will generally attend team training on the KSDS campus in Washington, Kansas for 13 days. Students will stay in the handicap accessible apartments on campus provided by KSDS Assistance Dogs. Meals will be provided by civic organizations and other volunteers.

Before filling out the initial application for the Service Program, please take time to read the brochure attached. To begin the process of receiving a Service Dog, please fill out the application request form. The application has several phases and includes requests for a video and an interview. If you have any questions about applying for a dog, contact Letha Nelson, Client Services at lnelson@ksds.org or by calling 785-325-2256 ext 115.

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*Applicants have the right to be considered for canine assistance regardless of race, sex, religion or creed and other categories protected by local law. All applicants, students and graduates are treated with respect and dignity in their interactions with staff, volunteers and any other constituents of KSDS Inc. Assistance Dogs.

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