Yorktown program trains dogs for kids with autism

Guiding Eyes of Yorktown provides service dogs for children with autism (4/22/14)

MOUNT KISCO - Children at the Mount Kisco Child Care Center got a chance yesterday to meet up with a soon-to-be graduate of Guiding Eyes of Yorktown.

Pekoe made a big splash yesterday with the toddler and preschoolers at the center. She is part of a relatively new Guiding Eyes program, providing service dogs for children with autism.

Guiding Eyes has other programs helping people who are not just visually impaired. "Our autism service-dog program is newer. It started six years ago. And it uses dogs that would not have been successful as guide dogs and finds this other purpose that's also so important," says Michelle Brier, of Guiding Eyes.

Guiding Eyes also provides dogs to law enforcement, and about two dozen of those graduates were helping guard the Boston Marathon yesterday.

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