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Puppies for Autism

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)- Local organizations gathered today at the Cedar Rapids Public Library to raise awareness about autism.

Organizaers welcomes families to come and seek help or ask questions about autism.

One local non-profit "Rachel's Gift" was there to show how they can help.

The organization wants to bring puppies into the lives of children with autism.

They say that the animals can provide companionship and help children develop their speed since, at first, they often may feel more comfortable talking to the animals rather than people.

Those launching the organization said they hope their work will be a big help to families.

"This is a need that has never been filled," Leslie Buscher said.

She is one of the founders of "Rachel's Gift."

"There's no other group that raises puppies. They raise assistance dogs for kids with autism but the waiting time can be 3 years."

She said the cost can also be around $25,000. They plan to bring the cost for training and classes down to around $1,500.

The programs should be starting next fall and by spring, they want to incorporate newborn puppies.

They have more information on their Facebook Page here

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