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Canine Companions for Independence

Last Update:3/30/2019
Contact:North Central Regional Center
Address:4989 State Route 37 E
Delaware, OH 43015-9682
County:Entire State
Phone:(740) 833-3700
Toll Free:800-572-2275
Fax:(740) 363-0555
Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
Program Description
Types of Assistance Teams

Service Teams — Adults (at least 18 years old) with physical disabilities who work with a Canine Companions assistance dog to extend their abilities and utilize the dog to perform physical tasks such as pulling a wheelchair and retrieving dropped items.

Skilled Companion Teams — A three-part team including a child (age 5 or older) or adult with physical, developmental or emotional disabilities, a facilitator (adult who cares for and handles the dog) and a Canine Companions assistance dog who helps with physical tasks and creates a bond of companionship, affection and love.

Facility Teams — Adults who work as rehabilitation professionals, caregivers or educators can utilize a Canine Companions assistance dog to improve the mental, physical or emotional health of those in their care.

Hearing Teams — Adults (must be 18 years of age for this type of service dog) who are hard of hearing or deaf who use a Canine Companions assistance dog to alert them to everyday sounds such as doorbells, alarm clocks and smoke alarms. This specific training can only be done at the Northwest Regional Training Center in Santa Rosa, CA or the Southeast Regional Training Center in Orlando, FL.

To apply for a Canine Companions assistance dog, contact your nearest Regional Training Center and request an application packet. Anyone can apply. You will receive an overview of Canine Companions' team programs and an application to complete. An applicant coordinator will review your application and determine if, and what type of, an assistance dog best suits your needs.

Tips to understand eligibility: Canine Companions assistance dogs are not trained to help with safety issues with a child with a disability.  Dogs can be a calming focus and help with therapy and social goals for children with autism spectrum disorder.  Before applying, decide what you would like for a dog to do for your child.  If Canine Companions for Independence cannot fulfill those needs with one of their dogs, they can refer you to other service dog organizations that may be more appropriate for your goals.
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Entire State
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