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Help the campaign for public access for all assistance dogs

Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu) and the European Guide Dog Federation (EGDF) have joined forces to lobby together in Brussels to get the Equal Treatment Directive onto the agenda of the European Commission, and to gain public access for all assistance dogs and those in training.

ADEu and EGDF cannot achieve this task on their one. They need your help.

Helping us is very easy:

  • Please report every problem concerning public access to the school who trained your dog and to Mark van Gelder (m.van.gelder@assistancedogseurope.org).  Why? Politicians do need statistics. If we cannot give them any numbers they will be loath to tackle this problem.
  • EGDF and ADEu plan to launch a petition concerning public access for all assistance dogs and assistance dogs in training in, hopefully in early2015. If you agree on the necessity of public access for all assistance dogs and assistance dogs in training, please do sign this petition.  If we can collect enough signatures, members of the European Parliament, and more specifically, several Committees will work on this issue. But once again, we do need your help.

On a national level, many European Assistance Dogs programmes are actively lobbying to change legislation in their own country to ensure assistance dog partnerships get equal treatment and full access to all public buildings. In most countries this also includes public access for assistance dogs in training. It is important we continue to do this.

If you have any questions about public access in Europe, please contact Mark van Gelder -m.van.gelder@assistancedogseurope.org

Recent Trainer’s and ADI International Conferences a huge success

For the first time the Trainer’s and ADI International Conferences were combined this year and they were a huge success.

Over 150 people attended the Trainers Conference and over 200 came to the ADI International Conference held in Denver, Colorado, last month.

Keynote sessions covered a wide range of topics, including:

  • Ways to reduce kennel stress
  • How to understand animal behavior
  • Using storytelling to powerfully share your mission

In addition, breakout sessions presented by ADI members as well as guest speakers, covered a variety of topics, generating productive discussions among attendees.

Tours of the KONG Factory were offered as well as the LEED platinum-rated Denver Animal Shelter—both which were entertaining and informative.

Thank you to our sponsors: Planet Dog Foundation, Petcurean, KONG, Bold Lead Designs, and Leader Dogs for the Blind for helping to make this year’s conference possible.

Give us your feedback

If you attended the conferences then don’t forget to complete your conference evaluations as soon as possible. Responses are anonymous and your feedback greatly helps to improve future conferences.

Linsay Ganassa
Freedom Service Dogs of America

ADEu opens Amsterdam Stock Exchange

As part of the recent Assistance Dog Week, Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu) had the honour of opening the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

Find out more and watch a video here: Opening the Amsterdam Stock Market

Register now for the ADI International, Trainer’s and AAII Conferences

Online registration is now available for the 23rd ADI International Conference being held in Denver, Colorado, this September. For the first time ever, the International Conference will be combined with the Trainer’s Conference and the 2nd Annual AAII Conference.

Find out more on the Conferences page

Register now for the ADI Trainer’s Conference 2013

 

 

 

The 2013 Trainer’s Conference is being hosted by PADS on October 6 – 9, 2013. at their Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre in Surrey, Vancouver.

Click here to find out more and register.

Register now for the ADEu & AAII Conferences

You can now register for the ADEu and AAII Conferences online and there is an excellent Early Bird rate until 15 August 2013.

There is also a special ADEU/AAII room rate available at the Radisson Hotel Blu Palace Hotel where the conferences are being held.

To book your conference place and accommodation go to the Registration site : http://www.regonline.com/adeuconferencespa2013

To find out more about the ADEu Conference 2013, which this year will have a joint afternoon session with the launch of Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII), visit the Conferences page.

ADEu Conference 2013

The ADEu Conference is being held in Spa, Belgium, from November 3 to November 5 this year. To find out more visit the Conferences page.

New sister organisation for ADI

We are pleased to welcome ADI members to a new sister organisation – Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII). AAII grew out of many discussions within ADI about how best to support the growing number of organisations working in the field of Animal Assisted Therapy, Education and Activity (together called Animal Assisted Intervention – AAI). These organisations, many of them also involved in training assistance dogs, lacked an international focus for creating standards, developing professional standards and offering networking opportunities.

ADI set up a Working Group in 2009 to take a closer look at how best to meet this need, and what role ADI should play in supporting the newly emerging field of AAI. After lengthy discussion, ADI decided to support the creation of a newly independent not for profit organisation to bring together AAI programs. The prime reason for this decision to create a separate organisation was to ensure that a clear distinction between the assistance dog and AAI working models is maintained. However, there are also many common factors in the work promoted by ADI and AAII and it is hoped that the two organisations will maintain close contact – including holding joint conferences.

Special thanks must go to Peter Gorbing (ex President of both ADI and Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu)), Elma Burg (Secretary of ADEu) and Danny Vancoppernolle (current Chair of ADEu and ADI Board member) for being the early driving forces behind the initiative to create AAII. Their skills, experience and energy has been invaluable. There is now an interim Board made up of people from Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, UK, Croatia, Germany and the United States. The first AGM of AAII will be held in Spa in Belgium in November and a full Board will be elected at that meeting.

Further information is available at www.animalassistedintervention.org

Puppies in Flight program applications

US Airways is now accepting applications year round for their Puppies in Flight program from ADI Candidates and Members.

Click here for further information, guidelines and an application form.

 

New ADI President elected

The Board of ADI has elected Richard Lord from Assistance Dogs Australia as the new President of ADI. The election came after Peter Gorbing from Dogs for the Disabled UK stood down having completed his Board term.

On taking up the post of President, Richard Lord thanked his fellow board members for their vote of confidence and said; “I am humbled by the honour to lead the organisation and will attempt to fill the giant footsteps left by the departure of the previous president Peter Gorbing. I look forward to working closely with the board and the members to continue the great strides made by ADI over the last decade.”

On leaving office after six years as President Peter Gorbing said; “It has been a great privilege to serve as President of ADI at such an exciting time in its history. I think ADI is now a much stronger international force than when I took over as President in 2007, and I am certain that under Richard’s leadership it will continue to grow and flourish.

“I am grateful to all Members for contributing to the development of ADI and, although I have stepped down as President, I hope to continue to play an active role in the organisation. One of the great strengths of the assistance dog movement is the willingness of organisations to work together, and as a result I have worked with some wonderful people who will be lifelong friends.”