Whether you know a lot about David or are being introduced to him for the first time, we appreciate you taking time out of your busy lives to learn about him. So, a big THANK YOU from our family!
Let me introduce you to David. He is an amazing 7 year old. He loves video games, super heroes and asking the question “Why?”. David looks very much like every other kid and people expect him to behave like one too. But life is different for David. Most people don’t understand the reason he behaves different is due to “Autism”.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior.
David has to deal daily with issues that cause him stress. Whether it’s the noise of life, the sea of faces he can’t interpret or the constant distractions that occur around him. David desires to have friends, but he has difficulty understanding the social norms. Simple changes to his routine can cause him to become upset. When he is upset and if given the chance, he will run.
My family and David’s doctors believe that an autism service dog would greatly benefit David. The service dog would offer him friendship, independence and security.
A service dog would provide a constant “friend” to our son. It would be trained to cope with his behavior, yet offer to my son love, affection and touch stimulus to help calm him. The service dog would also work as a conduit for social interaction of my son with his peers.
A service dog would provide some independence and security for my son, it will be trained to have a tether between it and David. This allows for my son to walk by himself outside, yet provides us with the ability to issue a stop command, should the need arise. The service dog would also be trained to track my son, should we become separated for any reason.
In order to provide my son with such a service dog, we have decided to team with 4 Paws for Ability.
4 Paws was the first agency in the United States to begin placing highly skilled Autism Assistance Dogs and the first agency known to place these assistance dogs with tracking skills.
You can learn about this wonderful group of people at: https://www.4pawsforability.org
So let’s fundraise for 4 Paws!
We are humbly asking you to please consider making a tax deductible donation in honor of David. Our family is very committed to this emotionally, physically, and financially. As soon as we raise the required donation ($15k), then 4 Paws will begin training a dog just for David’s needs.
It will cost 4 Paws for Ability, Inc. at least $22,000 to place a dog with David. You can help us with a tax-deductible donation by visiting the 4 Paws Donation Page (www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now). Be sure to include “David Byrd” as the recipient of the donation in the instructions to merchant on PayPal. You can also mail a check with “David Byrd” on the memo line of the check directly to:
4 Paws for Ability
In honor of David Byrd
253 Dayton Ave
Xenia, Ohio 45385