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09 Feb, 2009

The needs of others

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

This crossed my desk the other day, a note about about a couple trying to raise funds to buy a service dog for their 7-year old daughter who was born with something called 18p. Tetrasomy 18p results in a developmental delay and autistic tendencies such as a pervasive, potentially dangerous trust of strangers, a lack of social boundaries, and extreme sociability.

The dogs cost $18,000, which covers the cost of training, vet costs, a comprehensive follow-up program, and lifelong training support.

Autism Service Dogs are specially trained to provide companionship, safety and independence for people like Katie. They can guide her, stop her from running into traffic and ensure she doesn’t leave the house without an adult. Most importantly a dog like this can also notify Katie’s parents when Katie wakes during the night. Currently, Katie awakens — sometimes with seizure-like activity — two to three times a night, five nights a week on average.

Katie’s mom says, “It has been seven years since I slept well. I sleep with one ear open. It has been trying.”

A website has been set up here, and donations are being collected.

1 Response to "The needs of others"

1 | LO

February 10th, 2009 at 3:21 pm


I have a ‘bloggy/writer/mommy friend that just did ‘this’ for her daughter. Had to raise all the money and such so that it is available to all. You cannot just pay the money out of your own pocket-it has to be raised and while raising the money, awareness rises also!

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