Teaching Resources

ICAN is passionate about teaching the next generation about service dogs and how they impact the lives of the people they are placed with. Here are some resources so that you can be a part of spreading awareness about service dogs. There are all kinds of resources available here for both younger and older children as well as information for adults. If there are any other questions that you have please feel free to contact us here.

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Good News for Those Traveling by Air with Service Dogs

(December 1, 2020) Great news about traveling by air for service dogs! After three years of advocating for change by our accrediting organization, Assistance Dogs International, and more than 15,000 comments sent to the Department of Transportation to make revisions to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), the necessary changes have been made! Read more about this at ADI North America Media Release.

A Guide to Disabilities Rights Law

The following link provides a comprehensive overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. Visit A Guide to Disabilities Rights Law.

What is the Law?

Many people with disabilities use a service animal in order to fully participate in everyday life. Dogs can be trained to perform many important tasks to assist people with disabilities, such as providing stability for a person who has difficulty walking, picking up items for a person who uses a wheelchair, preventing a child with autism from wandering away, or alerting a person who has hearing loss when someone is approaching from behind. For Frequently Asked Questions About Service Dogs, visit Visit FAQ to learn more.

For more information on Indiana laws surrounding “Pubic Accommodations” for service dogs and dogs in training, please visit Indiana Code – Section 16-32-3-2.

Assistance Dogs International (ADI)

ICAN is fully accredited by Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI). ADI is a worldwide coalition of non-profit programs that train and place Assistance Dogs. Founded in 1986 from a group of seven small programs, ADI has become the leading authority in the Assistance Dog industry.

The objectives of Assistance Dogs International are to:

  • Establish and promote standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership
  • Facilitate communication and learning among member programs
  • Educate the public to the benefits of Assistance Dogs and ADI membership.

Assistance Dogs organizations that pass ADI’s accreditation process become ADI Accredited Member programs, such as ICAN, and are regularly assessed to ensure they meet the highest standards in the industry. To learn more about this vital organization, please visit ADI.

What is the Difference Between a Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and Emotional Support Dog?

To better educate you so that you understand the difference between these dogs, please Therapy, Emotional & Service Dogs.2018 to learn what purpose each dog serves and which dog has full public access.

The Murky Waters of the World of Assistance Dogs and Emotional Support Dog Animals

In 2019, with over 22,000 working assistance dogs in the United States, one would think the legislators and the public would have a good understanding of the access issues and rights of people who are partnered with an assistance dog. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Click Here to Learn More.

Service Dog Etiquette

You’re walking down the street when you see a dog with a vest, designating it as a service dog. How should you react? Or even better, how should you not react? Click here to read five simple rules to help you remember what you should do when you meet a service dog team.

Five Ways to Interact with Someone Living with a Disability

Many people with disabilities say that they would not change their situation if they could. For some, the state they are in is a vast improvement over when they were first injured or ill. For others, this has been their condition for their entire life and so it is their “normal”.  Pity and condescension assume that the person feels like a victim of their circumstance, which very often is not the case. Click here to read five simple rules when interacting with someone who is living with a disability.

What is a Service (or Assistance) Dog?

The ADA requires reasonable accommodation for a service dog. This is a two way street between the public establishment and the partner of a service dog. The person with a disability and their trained assistance dog is granted access IF the assistance dog’s behavior meets specific requirements. Click here to read more.

Keeping Dogs Safe at Home

There is no doubt that dogs become a part of the family. They keep their owners busy and active, reduce stress, provide a sense of purpose, promote happiness, and even have the ability to improve owners’ social lives. Dogs are, of course, a huge responsibility and therefore all owners need to cater to their needs and well-being, which includes keeping them safe. To learn more, visit Keeping Dogs Safe at Home.

Fundraising Ideas for Children

Children of all ages want to get involved with ICAN on some level whether it’s meeting the dogs or doing projects to raise money for our organization. Unfortunately, since our dogs are trained inside a prison and one must be 18 years or older to go inside, we are not able to show children ‘hands-on’ the experience of the handler training a dog as well as answer questions. However, we can bring the dogs to you to educate and answer LOTS of questions. We have a list of fundraising ideas to share with you and once the children select one of those we will bring the dogs to you to show our appreciation for the hard work they did and allow them to meet the dogs and learn more about their training and what their purpose will be once they are placed with someone living with a disability. For a list of those ideas, visit ICAN’s Fundraising Ideas.

You are going into the grocery store and you see a person who has a disability or is in a wheelchair. How do you interact with that individual? What kind of questions is appropriate to ask them?  Click here to learn five ways to interact with someone living with a disability.

Request a Speaker

ICAN welcomes the opportunity to speak to your group about the amazing abilities our assistance dogs provide to individuals living with a disability and the education our inmate handlers receive training the dogs. To learn more, please contact us at Request a Speaker.

Understanding the Human/Canine Connection

The unconditional love between a dog and their human companion is indeed powerful! Here are two articles that share what that amazing connection is about!

Why Dogs and Humans Love Each Other More Than Anyone Else

How to Improve Your Bond with Your Dog

First Aid & Safety for Your Pets

Fleas, ticks, heat exhaustion, and poisonous plants are critical things to be aware of to make sure your pet stays safe and healthy during the summertime. The following are articles that we share with our furlough volunteers to be aware of when they are working with our dogs and felt it was important to share this valuable information with you when it comes to caring for your personal pet. Always remember to contact your vet if your pet is not behaving properly or showing signs of vomiting, diarrhea, or not feeling well.

Helping your dog with fireworks

Checking your dog for ticks (and removing of)

To learn more about Health and Training Tips for your dogs, visit our Training & Health Blog!