Autism Dog Services (ADS) was founded in 2007 by Wade Beattie, a pioneer in the autism service dog field. ADS is accredited by Assistance Dogs International and is also a member of the Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools. ADS makes a very positive impact on the lives of children and their families and is honoured to serve the community with its strong values.
Who We Serve
ADS is a unique and highly effective provider of service dogs for children in between the ages of three to 18 years of age with autism and related disorders in most parts of Southwestern Ontario. All interested applicants have the right to be considered to receive a service dog.
Each ADS service dog enables a child, who may otherwise feel isolated, to build self-esteem and participate in school and community life.
to the following partners who impact on the lives of children with autism and their families by helping provide them with highly trained service dogs:
ADS has a wide range of unique sponsorship opportunities available throughout the year. We are a registered Canadian Charity No. 803605955RR0001. ADS relies entirely on support from individual donors, corporate sponsorship, fundraising events, service clubs, and foundation grants.
“Alex has a compulsive tendency to touch things. It severely impaired his day to day life. Going short distances took a considerable amount of time because he had to touch everything! Now with Pepsi at his side, he walks confidently and with virtually no tapping! Pepsi also keeps Alex focused on the task at hand and prevents him from wandering away.”
"I've had the pleasure of working with Vicky Spadoni on the development of this website. She was very attentive throughout the process and communication was always prompt and professional. The entire team are very dedicated to their cause and im looking forward to meet the rest of the staff."
“Bella works with our daughter Jaime who is on the autism spectrum. Our lives have changed since Bella has been with us. We are now able to go to many places that in the past were impossible to enter. Bella grounds Jaime by giving her a sense of security. Bella has given us, Jaime’s parents, a safety-net feeling where we know Jaime won’t bolt into traffic or run away. We all feel a sense of relief because of our autism service dog.”
“Zoey has difficulty transitioning to new environments and can become very anxious and upset in these situations, leading to meltdowns and self-injurious behaviour. A typical family trip in the community could become a very stressful experience. Moe helps to ground Zoey, providing her with a sense of comfort and stability in these situations. He has been a game-changer for our family and we are very lucky to have him, thanks to Autism Dog Services."