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Standards for Programs

Member organizations of ADI believe that the following tenets are necessary to ensure that the member organizations will continue to produce a quality product and to protect applicants, students and graduates from feeling exploited or demeaned.

  1. Any individual staff member or program volunteer working with dogs and/or clients that requires specialized people/canine skills must have:
    • An affinity for people and excellent communication skills.
    • Canine knowledge and training experience that ensures established training and client standards can be met by the member organization.
  2. Policies and procedures are followed to ensure that the member organization will be able to maintain established standards of service to people with disabilities through their application/student/graduate selection, training and team matching methods.
  3. All Board members of ADI member organizations must receive orientation and be provided with appropriate educational materials about their respective programs. The materials should include but not be limited to the following:
    • History of Assistance Dogs and the history of their respective programs.
    • ADI’s established Standards and Ethics.
    • Board of Director responsibilities such as financial management, resource identification, solicitation and fund-raising.
    • Ongoing Programs and Services and long range planning.
  4. Member organizations recognize the community has a right to receive information concerning ADI program Standards and Ethics.
  5. Member organizations recognize the community has a right to receive education on the benefits received by a person with a disability through the use of an Assistance Dog.

Click here for information about minimum standards for certifying private trained teams