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Tue, 07 Feb



Assistance Dogs Information Session

We invite parents, individuals, allied health professionals, Neurodivergent individuals, people with disabilities, and educators to join us for a presentation and Q&A on assistance dogs, the training process, and different pathways available in obtaining and accrediting an assistance dog.

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Assistance Dogs Information Session
Assistance Dogs Information Session

Time & Location

07 Feb 2023, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm AEDT



About the event

Shadia Hancock from Autism Actually will be joined by Yvonne Mann from Busimann's Dog Training for an information session and Q&A on assistance dogs. 

This evening session will discuss a variety of topics relating to assistance dogs, including pathways available in obtaining and accrediting an assistance dog, determining whether an assistance dog may be suitable for your situation, and what the training process involves. 

This session will be applicable for families, Autistic individuals, and allied health professionals wanting to learn more about assistance dogs. 

If you are on an NDIS plan or need to pay at a later date, a payment plan can be organised. 

A Certificate of Attendance can be provided on request by emailing us at

About Yvonne:  

Yvonne from Busimann's Dog Training is a nationally accredited Cert III Professional Dog Trainer and Behaviourist. She has undertaken Clicker Training and Positive Training courses through the Karen Pryor Academy, Susan Friedman Behaviour Works Academy and Illis Behaviour Consulting. Yvonne has been training dogs for 30 years and has been running her dog training business for 15 years. She is a consultant trainer with Whiskey's Wish, a not for profit organisation that assists First Responders and Returned Defence Personnel suffering PTSD with training support for their dogs. She is also an assessor and trainer for MindDog, Whiskey's Wish, and Therapy Dogs Australia. Games, play, and fun are important aspects in Yvonne's training philosophy. 

About Shadia: 

Shadia is the proud owner, and founder of Autism Actually, and enjoys presenting and consultancy. They are committed to empowering fellow Autistic and Neurodivergent individuals. Shadia is currently studying Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) and Cert IV in Animal Behaviour and Training with the hope of providing client centred animal assisted therapy for Neurodivergent individuals. They are currently training their dog Arwen to be their psychiatric and Autism assistance dog with Yvonne's assistance and accreditation being provided by Assistance Paws. Shadia was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder at the age of 14. They came out as non-binary in early 2018 and loves talking about Autism and gender identity. Shadia benefited from numerous early supports such as speech therapy and occupational therapy. Shadia is very passionate about sharing information about what being Autistic is like.


  • 1 hour



  • 30 minutes

    Q&A Time



  • General admission

    These tickets will give you access to the live session. A recording will be made available after the session if you cannot attend live.

    From $30.00 to $45.00
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