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.
To better educate you so that you understand the difference between these dogs, please Click Here to learn what purpose each dog serves and which dog has full public access.
You're walking down the street when you see a dog with a vest, designating it as a service dog. How shoud you react? Or even better, how should you not react? Click here to read 5 simple rules to help you remember what you should do when you meet a service dog team.
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 are appropriate to ask them? Click here to learn five ways to interact with someone living with a disability.
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 are granted access IF the assistance dog's behavior meets specific requirements. Click here to read more.
Click here to read a document published by the Department of Justice on service animals and the ADA in 2015.
The ICAN program provides rehabilitation opportunities for inmates by allowing them to participate in a program to train service dogs. To read more about this program, click here.
Article in Psychology Today
By Hal Herzog Ph.D.
Misunderstandings concerning the laws governing assistance animals are certainly understandable. That's because federal regulations pertaining to service and support animals are a morass of confusion. To read more from this article and learn about some common misconceptions, click here.