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FIVE WAYS TO INTERACT WITH A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY 1.  Use “person centered” language. Rather than saying a person “is disabled” instead say a person “has a disability”. This acknowledges that person as an individual with many traits rather than labeling them only by their disability. Example:  Say “Grace has Autism” rather than “Grace […]

Service dog organzations may use some terminology that is unique and unfamiliar. Here is a list of some ICAN vocabulary that is used daily. Public Access– According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, businesses must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go. […]

"I have the best job in the world!" I often say when asked what I do for a living. Then when asked about ICAN and what we do – my heart stirs as I anticipate sharing how we put our mission into action and how we transform lives. A story I recently told was about […]

Dear Friends, Hope through the Spirit of the Dog   Renn with Handler, Richard                  Renn wears the two badges of Officer Renn When IMPD Officer Perry Renn was killed in the line of duty, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wanted to bring healing to the community and knew how ICAN changed people's lives. He asked that […]

Winter Newsletter, 2015 Hope Through the Spirit of the Dog This past month two beautiful litters of ICAN puppies were born. On November 6th, mamma Alpine gave birth to nine female pups. Yes, an all girl litter! Then, on December 8th, Holly gave birth to six boys and three girls. At 3 l/2 weeks, Alpine's […]

''I've Got the Best Doggone Job!'' – a Facility Dog Named Kiley by Bronwyn Shroyer As a social worker at an elementary school, I thought I understood the impact a highly-skilled facility dog would make in my building when I decided to start an Animal-Assisted Intervention program. Despite two years of research, planning, and conversations, […]

ICAN trains dogs in a variety of skills that assist children, adolescents, and adults who have physical and/or developmental disabilities. Because each disability varies in the types of skills that are needed for that dog to provide service to the client, it is important for us to match the right dog with the right person. […]

ICAN places service dogs with veterans who have a Primary Mobility/Balance Assistance need, PTSD secondary need. Our service dogs are trained to support veterans with mobility issues and to interrupt symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Each dog is trained specifically for each individual veteran’s needs. The service dog skills may include: alerting to […]

These dogs provide help with tasks such as retrieving dropped items, balance support, and emotional companionship, but this assistance can only be provided in places where pet dogs are permitted. The difference between this type of dog and an assistance dog is that this type of dog does NOT have public access and does not […]

These dogs perform helpful tasks for people who use wheelchairs or have mobility challenges. Those tasks include picking up dropped items, tugging open doors and draws, pushing the automatic door and elevator buttons, turning light switches on and off. This type of placement requires that the person partnered with the dog to be able to […]