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History

1985
San Francisco, CA, USA – First meeting of hearing dog programs, called the Hearing Dog Symposium. This meeting sponsored by the American Humane Society and hosted by San Francisco Hearing Dog Program. There were 21 hearing dog programs represented.

1986
Boston, MA, USA – Second Hearing Dog Symposium. Goal to establish a national hearing dog association that would implement standards and guidelines. It was decided at this point that the organisation was only for hearing dog programs and would be called Assistance Dogs international. It was agreed to develop By-laws incorporating the organisation.

1987
Denver, CA, USA – The name Assistance Dogs international was formally adopted as the name of the group. Main discussion centred around collars and leashes. Finally decided to use an orange leash and collar with a yellow stripe sewn on it and ‘hearing dog’ embroidered in black letters. It was agreed to embrace all assistance dogs.

1988
Santa Rosa, CA, USA – ADI incorporated in the state of Oregon. It was decided to affiliate with the Delta Society and hold joint meetings.

1989
Parsippani, NJ, USA – First conference held in conjunction with the Delta Society.

1992
Montreal, Canada – ADI logo and brochure completed. Standards and ethics for member training centers were agreed. 501 (c)(6) status approved. Discussions about forming an Ethics Committee.

1995
Las Vega, NV, USA – Public Access Test for assistance dogs agreed.

2004
Vancouver, Canada – First serious discussions about changing the structure of ADI to make it truly international. Agreed to formally approach Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu) to discuss joining together.

2006
San Diego, CA, USA – Work on new ADI By-laws in preparation for internationalisation of ADI. Members agreed to make it compulsory for members to be accredited by 2010. Agreed that non-accredited members to be called candidates.

2007
Baltimore, USA – Members agreed to bring ADI and ADEu together to create a new organisation – reflected in the amended Bylaws. The new structure included the provision for setting up regional chapters and electing a board that was representative of the international membership. ADEu and ADINA established as formal regional Chapters of ADI. Agreed that international conferences would be held every two years after 2008.

2008
London, UK – First ADI conference to be held outside of North America. Back-to-back conference with the International Guide Dog federation (IGDF) with 450 delegates talking part.

2009
ADI announces a three-year partnership with Eukanuba

2010
Toronto, Canada – members agreed some minor changes to the By-laws including the capacity for email votes provided there has been a process of consultation.

2011
New membership structure starts from 1st January. Only accredited programs can be members of ADI. All other programs are Candidates.

2012
Barcelona, Spain – First ADI Conference to be held in a non-English speaking country. ANZAD set up as a formal Chapter of ADI.