Today is the International Day of Disabled Persons. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
People with disabilities (one billion people worldwide) are one of the most excluded groups in our society. Even under normal circumstances, persons with disabilities are less likely to access health care, education, employment and to participate in the community. An integrated approach is required to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind.
To help fight this inequality, Pat Dogs Australia, assists those who are disabled through mental Illness to procure, train and certify psychiatric assistance dogs. This can be a new dog or even a persons existing dog.
Psychiatric assistance dogs are trained to reduce the impact of specific symptoms for people living with mental illness, and improve their overall quality of life. They also allowed them access to travel on public transport, access public places and take part in social activities with their assistance dog, and hence allows them access to aspects of society which have been historically closed off to them.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health disorder and feel an assistance dog could help. Please like and share this article and contact Pat Dogs Australia Limited for more information. www.patdogs.org.au
If you or someone you know are currently in crisis please call Lifeline on 13 11 14
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