Applying for an Assistance Dog
Who can apply? People with physical and developmental disabilities who can demonstrate that a Canine Companion will further their independence.
Applicants for hearing dogs must be at least 18 years of age, applicants for service dogs at least 15 years age, and applicants for Skilled Companions must be five or older. Applicants for facility dogs may be a director or employee of an institution providing services for people who could benefit from the skills of a Facility Dog. The applicant must have a committed support network to facilitate and assist the team receiving a Canine Companion.
Contact the nearest regional center to have an application information packet sent to you. This packet includes an overview of CCI's team programs and an application request form for you to complete. The applicant coordinator will review the request form and determine if and what type of assistance dog will best meet your needs. The applicant coordinator will work with you throughout the application process to ensure that you have the necessary information to succeed.
Selected applicants will be informed of their acceptance as candidates and invited to attend a two-week Team Training course based on their needs and the availability of trained dogs. Team Training teaches the skills and concepts necessary to be an effective assistance dog handler. Course work includes: leadership skills, canine behavior psychology, canine learning concepts, training management, canine health and assistance dog handler rights and responsibilities.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CCI provides these highly trained animals practically free of charge to recipients. Program funds are raised through individual donations, grants, and fund raising programs and events.
Contact Southeast Regional Center for more informaiton:
THE SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CENTER
8150 Clarcona Ocoee Road
Orlando, Florida 32818