Benefits of Disability Services: Assistance Animals, Including Dog Guides

Aastha Community Services

Assistance animals play a very important role in the lives of many individuals living with disabilities. Recognised by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), these animals are more than just pets; they are trained to perform specific tasks that help mitigate the effects of a person’s disability. An assistance animal is specially trained to help a person with a disability do things they might otherwise be unable to do. Unlike pets used for therapeutic or companion support, assistance animals are trained to perform active tasks. For example, they might open and close doors, pick up dropped items, guide someone through crowded places, or provide reassurance in times of extreme anxiety. Just like any other NDIS-funded support, assistance animals must also meet the funding criteria.

To be considered for NDIS funding, an assistance animal must be a reasonable and necessary support that helps the participant pursue their goals and participate in social and community activities. The animal must be trained by an accredited provider. It must be able to perform at least three tasks that the person cannot do because of their disability. Additionally, the animal must pass a public access test to ensure it can support the participant in the community. Assistance animals can significantly enhance the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities. By enabling greater independence and confidence, these
animals help individuals engage more fully in their communities and lead more fulfilling lives.

Aastha Community Services recognises the significant benefits that assistance animals bring to individuals with disabilities. As a registered NDIS service provider, we are here to assist you in obtaining support for assistance animals, including dog guides, through the NDIS. This support can greatly improve your independence and overall quality of life. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and how we can support you.