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From WRTV Channel 6 ABC- The Indy Channel INDIANAPOLIS – Twelve people with special needs each got a new service dog last Thursday thanks in part to offenders at Indiana Women's Prison. In partnership with Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN), women at the prison lived with and trained the service dogs for months leading up […]

It’s true what they say about life; you really can’t ever tell where it might take you. Jillian Palka Miller, Alpha Sigma-Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is a pretty good example of that.

Shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001, an Alpha Gam sister invited Jillian to come with her to hear someone speak about how dogs had been utilized at “Ground Zero” for search and rescue. They had also provided comfort for rescuers who spent weeks trying to recover people from the rubble. That’s where she happened to meet Sally Irvin, the founder and Executive Director of the Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN), and Nora, a shy, black Labrador puppy.

Prior to each ICAN Graduation Ceremony, two weeks of Team Training is held at the Indiana Women's Prison. Team Training is when the ICAN handlers and clients are brought together by the dogs. As the handlers share their knowledge of each dog with the clients, friendships and memories are made that will last a lifetime. […]

Prior to each ICAN Graduation Ceremony, two weeks of Team Training is held at the Indiana Women's Prison. Team Training is when the ICAN handlers and clients are brought together by the dogs. As the handlers share their knowledge of each dog with the clients, friendships and memories are made that will last a lifetime. […]

by Ann Ronayne, Director of Client Services, ICAN ICAN dog Herbie assists ICAN Client, Jennelle, by pulling her wheelchair 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 his or […]