Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a coalition of not for profit assistance dog organisations. The purpose of ADI is to improve the areas of training, placement, and utilization of assistance dogs, staff and volunteer education, as well as educating the public about assistance dogs, and advocating for the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with assistance dogs.
ADI has a comprehensive accreditation system and members have to be regularly assessed to ensure they meet the high standards expected of assistance dog programs.
Assistance Dogs International Conference 2014
The 23rd ADI International Conference is being held in Denver, Colorado, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in September 2014. For the first time ever, the International Conference will be combined with the Trainer’s Conference and the 2nd Annual AAII Conference:
Trainers Conference – Sept 15 & 16, 2014
International Conference - Sept 17 to Sept 19,2014
AAII Conference – Sept 19 & 20, 2014
Online registration at www.regonline.com/adionline.Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a sensational line up of speakers, including Temple Grandin, Patricia McConnell, Mark Hines from KONG, and many more.
ADEu Conference 2015
The 12th ADEu Conference will be held in 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.
New sister organisation for ADI
ADI is 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.