BluePath by the Numbers

BluePath’s mission is to provide autism service dogs, offering safety, companionship and opportunities for independence.

  • 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2016

  • 36 autism service dogs placed (as of October 2022)

  • Over 2,000 individuals impacted annually through the Paws to Learn Program

  • 32,000 mile service area, encompassing all of the NY Metropolitan area, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania

  • Autism prevalence: 1 in 44 children are diagnosed, with about half prone to wandering or elopement

  • More than 150 volunteers support puppy raising, fostering, and administrative tasks

Impact Data

December 2021 data from autism families showed that with the addition of their BluePath service dogs, children were safer when traveling outside the home. With a high degree of confidence (90% or above of respondents), parents and caregivers also indicated that:

  • BluePath dogs make it possible for families to participate in activities together.

  • The service dogs offer companionship and emotional support and they empower children to be more independent.

  • There is a strong link between the presence of a BluePath service dog and mood regulation.

February 2022 survey information shows that BluePath’s work in schools is also making an important difference:

  • All respondents stated that BluePath dogs provide emotional support and joy for both students and staff while helping to regulate moods.

  • A significant majority of respondents (85% or more) indicated that BluePath dogs increase social interaction and facilitate connection.

  • The same majority also shared that BluePath dogs help to increase communication attempts and independent behavior, and motivate participants to take part in physical activity.

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