- Disabilities & the Disabled
Service Dogs Can Assist with Many Invisible Disabilities
For more information...
- What is an invisible disability?
An invisible disability, also known as a hidden disability, is any disability (something that significantly affects your normal life activities) that isn't obvious to an onlooker....
- Service Dog Etiquette: What is Polite, What is Rude, What Constitutes Interfering with the Working T
How should you act around a service dog? Our natural instinct is to pet and play with dogs. Unfortunately, we must respect the vest or cape of the service dog, indicating it is working, and ignore the dog rather than petting it or distracting it.
Would you consider using a service dog if you had an invisible disability that could be helped by the dog?
"Why use service dogs for invisible disabilities?" you ask.
Why not? A disability is a disability, and dogs are amazingly attuned to their humans' needs and moods. Is someone with epilepsy helped less than someone with hearing or vision loss? Not if that dog is trained to help them in the unique ways in which they need help.
Even the government is starting to promote the use of service animals for veterans returning with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) because the dog can provide a grounding or stabilizing force for the person with PTSD. Trained dogs can help compensate and care for the disabled person in ways that a routine doctor's visit or medication can't.
Besides, how many people who are blind actually LOOK blind without their white canes? How many people look deaf?
Service dogs, prescribed by a medical doctor, aren't just for certain disabilities, they can be trained to help with MANY disabilities in ways unique to each individual. Examples of invisible disabilities that may be helped by a service animal:
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic pain
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Brain damage/traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Environmentally triggered allergies
- and many more disabilities!