Abby Cappleman studies computing at college in Wellington, in Shropshire. She also has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. And thanks to her assistance dog, Chloe, she has the confidence to lead an independent life outside her home.
“She’s very tolerant of my emotional meltdowns,” Abby told the BBC.
“Chloe sits with me and licks me. She is perfect for me.”
Most companies only allow guide dogs on their premises, so 18-year-old Abby has been trying to raise awareness about people who rely on assistance dogs. She has set up a petition to get the government to make it a legal requirement for service providers to display a sticker which welcomes all assistance dogs.
She has also created a Facebook account called Chloe the Assistance Dog where she posts their experiences:
According to the charity organisation Assistance Dogs UK, more than 7,000 disabled people in the UK rely on an assistance dog to help with practical tasks as well as offering emotional support and independence.
Abby has made a video to demonstrate the things her assistance dog can do for her.
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