Our mission is to provide Autism Service Dogs and related services, including community outreach and education, service dog awareness, informational training, social skills classes and innovative transitional job skills to youth and young adults who demonstrate autism spectrum behaviors.
Our vision is for those with spectrum behaviors to have access to specifically trained autism service and/or therapy dogs to assist with their peer interaction, improve social integration in their schools and communities and provide the opportunity for these young adults to learn and train for a career in the dog training community.
Our continued commitment to serve youth in the autism community drives this organization to provide every opportunity to foster and encourage each participant and volunteer to help increase autism awareness and support for the community at large. Autistic youth are not afforded the same advantages that non-challenged youth in the community enjoy. Many will leave the educational system with little more than basic life skills. Our Train the Trainers Program will allow youth who have been diagnosed as falling within the autism spectrum to attain more comprehensive skill sets, while helping to train autism service dogs for youth in an expanded regional area at a reduced cost while also providing the opportunity to learn both job and social skills, thus increasing their long term employability.
Paws 4 Autism is 100% Volunteer and grassroots-driven. The organization has demonstrated sustained growth since our creation in 2010, and, consistent with its mission and purpose has, and continues to provide a needed service to not only the autism families we serve, but also to the community at large through our social skills and school programs.
From our Executive Director:
Cheryl has been close to my heart for many years and I've always considered her one of my "extra moms". Cheryl was a great encouragement for the initial development of Paws 4 Autism and we were honored to have her on our first Board of Directors. Cheryl love for life will be greatly missed. All my love and prayers for strength, grace and peace for Jerry, Heather, Johnathan and all the Kenter family and friends as we hold her close to our hearts. --Terri Wible
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