Thursday, September 30, 2010

Assistance Dog United Campaign

While reading some information for my day job I stumbled across mention of the Assistance Dog United Campaign! This is complete news to me as I'm sure it will be to many of you. Below is a short description of campaign taken from their site ( the links and bold face font were my additions):
The Assistance Dog United Campaign (ADUC) is a health and human welfare organization which provides financial assistance to individuals who have the need for an assistance dog but have difficulty in raising the necessary funds and to people and programs whose purpose is to provide assistance dogs to people with disabilities. 

The ADUC Board of Directors raises funds for assistance dog placements, for grants to support industry research and development efforts and specific provider program development projects, and for scholarships for individuals attending the Bergin University of Canine Studies in pursuit of an Associate of Science degree in Assistance Dog Education. ADUC's funding for assistance dog placements is unique in that seventy percent of the donations are earmarked as vouchers.

Friday, September 24, 2010

News: Disability Community Candidate's Forum- October 6, 2010

All you Washington State readers don't miss this chance to mingle with candidates and discuss issues important to service dog partners. 
Disability Community Candidate's Forum
Sponsored by: Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, Alliance of People with Disabilities, the State Independent Living Council, and the University Heights Community Center Association
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Place: University Heights Community Center, Room 209
Address: 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Parking: Free on-street or off-street; available in center's south lot from University Way NE.
Access: Available with lift from southern west entrance up to and including 2nd floor; additional free parking available from Brooklyn Ave NE for north lot and accessible entrance. Staff will be available for lift assistance.
Bus lines: Proximate to Metro Bus Routes 70-74 on University Way NE, 66 and 67 on 11th Ave NE, among others.
Notes: All candidates for state legislator in King County are invited. This is a non-partisan event. 
RSVP to Event Contact Julian Wheeler, at

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday at the Library

My roommate and I are attempting to live a life less chaotic by doing certain chores and errands on the same day every week. We have been doing our basic house upkeep and shopping  schedule for about three weeks now (oops just remembered the load of laundry in the washer), leaving our apartment cleaner and leading us to discover Friday evening wine tasting at our neighborhood Trader Joe's! This week we added Sunday at the Library. I lobbied for Sunday at the library because my roommate and I are avid readers who live on very tight budgets.I read four magazines today including my favorite Bark Magazine.  There is a great article, Both Ends of the Leash: Rewards Redux. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD,  on judging how  just rewarding the rewards you offer your dog are to your dog at any given moment for any particular behavior. I, certainly, have experienced asking my dog for a behavior and see a look come across that furry face that says, I know what your going to give me, and I think (fill the blank) is way more fun, so uh-uh.This article is not available in the online offerings from Bark this month, so those interested in reading it will have to find a print copy somewhere. 
Shiloh had plenty of tasks to keep her busy during our outing including carry my items for me in her backpack, activating four automatic door buttons, and retrieving my dropped cellphone as it slid beneath the checkout counter. So you can imagine my surprise when the rent-a-cop outside the library (yes I said outside, so we  were on the public right of way) comes up to us after we have exited the Library comes up to us and says, "I've never seen you before, is that a service dog?" to which I answer, "Yes." And then he says, "Did you need her to conduct your business in the library?" to which I  again answered, "Yes." I think someone is misunderstanding the DOJ Business Brief. Not too mention the fact my disability is far from a secret; Shiloh always wears a backpack, vest, to harness of some sort when working in public, no less  than a half a dozen people had just watched Shiloh activate the doors so I could exit the library, and I felt harassed because we we had completed our business receiving many compliments from the staff inside the library on the excellence of Shiloh's behavior and appearance while in the library. So much for appropriateness of  timing.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Webinar: Flying with Service Animals: Knowing Your Rights & Responsibilities at 32,000 Feet

Webinar: Flying with Service Animals:
Knowing Your Rights & Responsibilities at 32,000 Feet
September 27, 2010 | 2:00 pm (EST)
The Association for Airline Passenger Rights (AAPR) will host an informative webinar on the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), specifically as it relates to flying with service animals. The webinar is being held in collaboration with the ADA National Network (formerly DBTACs).
Learn from industry experts about the following aspects of flying with service animals:
  • General Tips on air travel with a service animals
  • Specific issues important to passengers who are blind or visually-impaired, as it relates to their service dogs
  • Specific issues important to passengers with psychiatric disabilities, as it relates to their service dogs
  • Primer about ACAA provisions that govern air travel with service animals
  • What are passengers rights? Responsibilities?
Speakers include:
  • Becky Barnes, Guide Dog Users, Inc. & Guiding Eyes for the Blind
  • Joan Esnayra, Ph.D., Psychiatric Service Dog Society
  • Brandon M. Macsata, Executive Director, Association for Airline Passenger Rights (moderator)
AAPR members can participate for free and registration for non-members is only $35.00 (although non-members can join AAPR for only $10 and thereby participate for free, too).
Special benefits:
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

News: In study, half of D.C. cab drivers pass by blind people with guide dogs

"The Equal Rights Center, in a report released Wednesday morning, said that it conducted 30 tests this year and that in half of them, drivers passed someone with a guide dog to pick up a person who did not have a guide dog. In three of the cases in which the taxi stopped for the blind person, the driver attempted to impose a surcharge for transporting the dog, the Equal Rights Center said."
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