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Autism Assistance Dogs Create The Ultimate "Buddy System"

A Child Who Connects With A Dog Connects To The World

The Buddy System tells the story of three families touched by autism, who experience meaningful change when a specially trained assistance dog comes into each of their lives. The Buddy System is a non-profit film production with all the proceeds from the documentary go towards providing assistance dogs to children with autism.


Dogs are transforming the lives of children on the autism spectrum. Autism assistance dogs not only become best friends or "buddies" with the children they serve, but they are also powerful therapeutic tools who help kids on the spectrum develop essential social skills, heighten emotional empathy, and level the playing field so they can finally feel like they belong.

Photo of Film Stars David and Buddy

The incidence of autism has increased at an alarming rate. Today, one-in-68 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. So there is a high probability that someone you know, a neighbor, work colleague, a relative—or perhaps even you—have been directly affected by an autism diagnosis.

The one-hour documentary, directed, produced & written by MEGAN SMITH-HARRIS profiles the pioneering work of Patty Dobbs Gross, a self-described 'autism mom,' who first recognized the potential of dogs to support children on the spectrum twenty years ago when she saw how a "social dog"placement helped her son, Dan. Today her organization specializes in the breeding, training, and placement of autism service dogs with children who need them. Buddy is her 250th placement.

Singer/Songwriter/Musician Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates, Series Daryl's House) flanked by Sara Allen, Co-Executive Producer "The Buddy System" and Patty Dobbs Gross of North Star Dogs with Angel.

For more information on The Buddy System, visit https://www.buddysystemfilm.org/ and to donate to The Buddy System you can visit the link at the Center For Independent Documentary's website.

AND -- If you'd like to arrange a community screening of The Buddy System, please contact Producer/Director Megan Smith-Harris directly. megansmithharris@gmail.com | 203-210-5295 | BuddySystemFilm.org

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