There is no doubt that Disney princesses have and always will be a great source of inspiration for artists. However, this time they are not the main characters of the story.

The series called “Royal Service Dogs” illustrates classical Disney princesses as individuals with disabilities being helped by service dogs. Arien Smith sees his art as “both a critique on the lack of disabled characters and advocacy for disability rights.”



He is also a self-identified advocate, trainer, writer, and mental health activist and wants to be able to raise awareness of the many ways that service dogs can support disabled handlers.

#1 Cinderella


via: Royal Service Dogs

Cinderella lives with fibromyalgia, which is an invisible condition but can be disabling for many people. Your service dog help her out by removing her shoes.



#2 Rapunzel


via: Royal Service Dogs

Here the image represents Complex PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder. C-PTSD is a type of response to prolonged trauma (frequently in childhood). Service dog is helping her out of a very strong dissociative state, then providing tactile stimulation for comfort and grounding.

#3 Tiana


via: Royal Service Dogs

Tiana has Autism. Her little service dog (small dogs are also great) is not performing a task in this figure, but tasks for autistic people may include tactile stimulation, disruption of physically harmful behavior, orientation during over-stimulation episodes, and anxiety calming.

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