35-year-old Rebecca in Brooklyn, NY has just received a very special delivery of an SDWR Seizure Response Service Dog.
Press Release, New York, NY, July 27, 2018 -A 35-year-old woman named Rebecca living in Brooklyn, New York has just received an extremely special Seizure Response Service Dog from Service Dogs by SDWR. Service Dogs by SDWR, or “SDWR,” has a mission to provide specially bred and custom-trained dogs for individuals of all ages with invisible disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, Diabetes, or in the case of Rebecca – Seizure Disorder. In addition to hundreds of working dogs already placed, there are over 400 families enrolled in SDWR’s program awaiting their service dog delivery.
Rebecca was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 13 years old. Rebecca’s disability causes her to suffer from partial complex seizures which often happen while she is taking public transportation, putting her at great risk. Rebecca is hopeful that having a service dog will provide additional comfort dealing with her seizures and will be able to alert those around her when she is in danger. Millie will be able help Rebecca on the public transportation she uses on a daily basis such as buses and trains. With Millie by her side, Rebecca is confident that having a Seizure Response Dog will provide her with the independence she needs to face the everyday challenges of living with epilepsy.
With the new arrival of Millie, Rebecca will have a four-legged tool that has received foundational training to not only assist Rebecca during seizures, but also help her to live a more independent and less anxiety-filled life. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Rebecca’s service dog will be able to accompany her everywhere – from yoga class, to church, and even to the school where Rebecca teaches.
SDWR will continue to work with Rebecca and Millie in her home environment, to train for specific needs she may have. What makes SDWR so unique from other nonprofit service dog organizations is this highly customized and tailored training program. SDWR trainers will continue to return for training sessions with Rebecca and her family along with Millie for the next 18 months every 3-4 months to continue fine tuning Millie’s skills to best fit their lifestyle and Rebecca’s disability.
What sets SDWR apart from other nonprofit service dog organizations is that they have no age restrictions and none of the enrolled families ever travel in order to receive their service dog or participate in team training. SDWR’s customized training methods and careful considerations are made in order to match every service dog to their “person.” Rebecca’s service dog will work with the SDWR trainers over an 18-month training program towards public access training and certification. Through hard work and dedication of the organization and Rebecca they must work together to build on training foundations and fundamentals.
Service Dogs by SDWR is a nonprofit organization based in Madison, Virginia, and relies on donations to help the organization in its mission, “Until there’s a cure … there’s a dog.” To make or donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit the website, https://www.sdwr.org. To learn more about Seizure Response Service Dogs visit https://www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/seizure-response/. To find out how you can volunteer or serve as a service dog raiser visit https://www.sdwr.org/volunteers-opportunities/.