If you or your child has epilepsy and you think they would benefit from a dog, be sure to check out these websites.
1. Paws With A Cause is a wonderful organization that trains dogs to be a long term companion for people with different types of disabilities. They actually train dogs for people with seizures. Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about applying for a dog. First of all your child needs to be age 14 to qualify. Secondly, there is a 2-3 year long waiting list (currently) so they allow you to start applying at age 12. Third is that not every training center trains dogs for seizures, in fact it looks like they are very few centers in the US. There is no cost to receive a dog, but you would be amazed to know that it takes almost a full $20,000 to fully train a dog (through donations)so you are definitely receiving a wonderful gift.
2. If your child has certain disabilities and is not yet 14, you can apply for a Service dog through Paws With A Cause- if they are age 8 or older. These dogs have less training than the ones above, but are still wonderful. The cost is free to receive one and it costs $10,000 to train one. They have a 1 year waiting list.
Thanks to Sara for this great referral!