DfA earns Assistance Dog International Accreditation

DfA earns Assistance Dog International Accreditation

Receiving ADI accreditation means we have met their high standards of excellence in all aspects of our autism assistance dog training programme.

We’d like to thank everyone who has made this possible for us, including our trustees, staff and volunteers who have worked so tirelessly.

ADI is the leading authority in the Assistance Dogs industry. It establishes and promotes standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership. Having previously been a candidate member of Assistance Dogs UK (ADUK), achieving ADI accreditation has now granted us full membership status in the UK organisation. All ADUK members are accredited by ADI and/or @igdfsocial The International Guide Dog Federation working to the highest training and welfare standards.

Earning ADI’s accreditation is an achievement of which we are immensely proud.

You can learn more about all the members of ADUK here.

All International members on the ADI website can be found here. 

Lead The Way with our Patron, Chris Packham

Lead The Way with our Patron, Chris Packham

Can you help us #LeadTheWay?
Would you like an exclusive t-shirt designed by our Patron, Chris Packham?
Donate whatever you can to help us this Christmas.
Donate £25 or more and you’ll receive this limited edition T-shirt – and help connect more autistic people with our assistance dogs.
Donate now at dogsforautism.org.uk/lead-the-way/ and support more families in our community.
Lead The Way – Christmas Campaign

Lead The Way – Christmas Campaign

Donate this Christmas to help provide life-changing assistance dogs for autistic people.

Autism impacts people in different ways, but problems with social interaction and communication can lead to isolation and depression.

Dogs for Autism trains and provides assistance dogs free of charge, with ongoing support to the autistic person and their families, helping them achieve independence, improve their mental health and build self-esteem. These amazing dogs can help in all kinds of environments: education settings, public places and in the workplace making autistic people’s day-to-day lives that bit easier.

Donate now so we can provide more dogs free of charge for the autistic people who need them most.


Charity Partnership – SenLife

Charity Partnership – SenLife

We are delighted to become the charity partner of SenLife, the digital companion for neurodiverse families.

SenLife is an app and online hub which aims to bring together the neurodiverse community and transform their day to day lives through technical innovation to get the right help.

Packed with useful resources, this app empowers parents to plan, track and learn more about the behaviours of their neurodiverse child.

Esplore and discover more about the app by downloading it here.

New Charity Ambassador

New Charity Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that following the filming for the BBC and short tour of our new training centre, Jean-Christophe agreed to become an ambassador for Dogs for Autism to promote our work further.

Jean-Christophe’s youngest son Valentino was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 years old, following treatment for cancer.

Jean-Christophe met Dogs for Autism earlier this year when he filmed a special segment for the BBC’s Children in Need Celebrity Bargain Hunt episode. Jean-Christophe met Jan Kiley, COO of Dogs for Autism and Luna, a trained autism assistance dog who has been life-changing for her partner, Zana and her family.

Thank you Jean-Christophe Novelli 💙

Read more about Jean-Christophe and his accolades here.