An Austin child with autism is closer to getting an autism service dog to help him with every day life. That's thanks to a fundraiser held Sunday in West Austin called Dog-A-Palooza. The family-friendly event had contests for dogs and plenty of activities for kids. There was a silent auction and bake sale to raise money to help the family of Conor Corrigan get a service dog. Conor was diagnosed with autism at age four. His family says he is making improvements and thriving in a speech therapy class, but still struggles and autism service dog would help him tremendously.
"His assistance dog will help him with everyday life and he'll go to school with him and help him socialize with children and people and will help him with his, he has tantrums, and will help keep him calm," Conor's mother, Shelly Corrigan, tells FOX 7. According to Autism Service Dogs of America, the full cost to raise and train an autism service dog can range from $15,000 to $20,000.