Jayden is an 11 year old boy in Catawba County, NC who has severe, nonverbal autism and intractable epilepsy.
Jayden began having grand mal/tonic clonic seizures in February of 2018. We are working with Highland Canine out of Harmony, NC to train a service dog for Jayden. The service dog would be trained to assist Jayden during autism related meltdowns, to assist in tracking Jayden if he were to ever elope, and will also be trained as a seizure alert dog. Many of Jayden’s seizures occur during the night time and it is vital that we are alerted to the seizure in order to give any necessary rescue medications.
This process requires a $2500 deposit before they even begin looking for a dog. To train a dog to assist people with autism, the fee is nearly $16,000. The additional seizure response training is another $2,000. This we’re just estimates that Highland staff gave us.
If you are able, we would greatly appreciate a donation. We would also be so appreciative if everyone shares this. If you have any other suggestions for fundraising this cause, we are willing to do whatever it takes to raise this money for our boy!