Joining the pack: Including individuals with disabilities in dog related activities

People with disabilities often are the recipient of dog-related services (i.e., service dogs, animal assisted therapy). However, with supports, individuals with disabilities can be active participants in inclusive dogs training classes, competitions, and activities. These inclusive opportunities provide opportunity for community engagement and meaningful recreational activities. Means for involving people with disabilities in dog related activities and examples of successful participation are presented. • • Gain awareness of barriers impeding individuals’ with disabilities participation in dog related activities including restrictive policies and narrow interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. • Identify supports needed to increase participation of individuals with disabilities in dog-related activities such as physical access, transportation, adaptive dog handling, self-advocacy, and disability awareness. • Understand how these supports can be integrated into dog training classes, obedience, agility, confirmation, and canine freestyle competitions, and provision of services such as Animal Assisted Therapy to include people with disabilities in meaningful ways • Recognize the use of these supports within various case examples and testimonials of successful inclusion from individuals with disabilities in dog related activities • Generalize how such supports could be used within participants’ settings to foster inclusive involvement in dog-related activities.

  • DAY 1. The Thursday Poster Presentation SessionThursday, December 4, at 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Grand Ballroom North B. (Set Up will be 1:30-4:30 PM)
  • DAY 2. The Small meeting sessionsFriday, December 5 at 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Mtg Planner Office A
  • BEST Posters AwardsFriday, December 5 at 2:10 PM. Grand Ballroom North B