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Service Dogs for People with Reduced Mobility

Since 1993, Mira has been offering service dogs to help adults and children with physical disabilities in their daily lives.

Discover the benefits of these dogs and learn more about the program’s eligibility requirements.

What is the service dog program for people with reduced mobility?

The service dog program is designed to assist any person with a mobility impairment, an organic impairment or a neuromuscular disease. The majority of beneficiaries registered in this program use wheelchairs (manual or motorized).

Service dogs help people with disabilities become autonomous because they are trained to:

  • Pick up objects on the ground
  • Serve as a support or rest
  • Pull a wheelchair

A learning period is required to have a service dog in your daily life. Communication between a dog and student is not established as quickly as it would be between two people.

Our program enables people who live with a physical disability to master the use of a service dog in their daily lives, in their home as well as outside.

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Eligibility Criteria for the Service Dog Program

To participate in the service dog program, you must:
  • Have permanent impaired mobility
  • Have a significant and persistent movement impairment
  • Have an up-to-date medical record (Please download the medical report and have it filled out by your doctor before proceeding with your request)
  • Be able to care for your dog
Service Dog Program

Program Sequence

Evaluation

A first meeting will be held with a physiotherapist and one of our coaches to determine the beneficiary’s capabilities and needs. This assessment lasts approximately half a day.

Training

Subsequently, the admitted person will be housed in our facilities for 3 weeks. During this period, he or she will take part in a course with at most 8 students, to learn how to use the dog’s skills in daily life.

Mira provides for all students’ housing. During his or her stay, each recipient has a private room and is offered 3 free meals a day in the residence’s dining room. For the children’s program, parents are also housed in our residence.

Follow-Up

After this training, a Mira employee will proceed to a personalized follow-up at home, to ensure that the service dog is properly integrating all instructions and that it is adapting to the beneficiary.

Application Request

If you feel that this program meets your needs or those of one of your relatives, we invite you to fill out the registration form.

Candidates must provide a recent medical report validating their disability, as well as a medical record for their candidacy to be assessed.

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Testimonials

Video of someone that participated to the assistance doc program of Mira