The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Ex. Paralysis or other mobility impairment, blind, hearing impaired, PTSD, or traumatic brain injury.
Even though a Service Dog is here to assist you, you still must be capable of caring for the dog's physical and mental needs: feeding, mental & physical activity, and to be able to financially afford ongoing care (food, supplies, medical bills, etc).
Raising & training a Service Dog can cost $40,000 - $70,000. EPSD's goal is to make Service Dogs more accessible by offering sliding scale pricing. This setup allows us to provide financial assistance to income qualified individuals. During your interview, we will discuss financial feasibility and determine reasonable cost for your Service Dog. These funds could come out-of-pocket or you can raise donations to assist with your fee. We are happy to help you with this!