We get by with a little help from our furry friends
Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent.
Friday, March 14: 3:00 - 3:30 pm (Demo)
Saturday, March 15: 1:00 - 1:30 pm (Demo)
Saturday, March 15: 1:00 - 2:00 pm (Service Dogs 101 Workshop)
Sunday, March 16: 2:00 - 2:30 (Demo)
Assistance Dogs Demonstration
Saturday, March 15: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Presented by Deborah G. Krotenberg, Esq., Canine Assistants
More than ever assistance dogs are meeting the needs of people with different disabilities. Meet several assistance dogs and their human partners. Watch them demonstrate the many ways they work together to achieve independence in various areas of their lives. Following the demo, join us to learn some of the basic commands for the dogs.
Friday, March 14: 4:00 – 4:30pm
Miniature horses have been gaining attention for their strengths as therapy animals. This is your chance to meet some "mini's"! Learn why they are called horses (and not ponies) as well as the types of tasks they can perform as service and therapy animals. The presenter will also review some of the key benefits of working with horses. This session will include time for questions and answers, as well as an opportunity to meet the horses. Learn more at www.specialequestriansofgeorgia.org.
Friday, March 14: 11:45am - 12:45pm
Capuchin monkeys are wonderful service animals for adults with significant mobility impairments as the result of spinal cord and other injuries/illnesses. Learn about Helping Hands capuchin monkeys: how they are trained, the tasks they perform, the benefits of the human/service monkey bond, and eligibility requirements for potential applicants. A film will be shown featuring a number of our clients documenting life with a monkey helper. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. More information is available at www.monkeyhelpers.org.
Service Dog Demonstration
Sunday, March 16: 2:00pm – 2:30pm
More than ever service dogs are meeting the needs of people with various disabilities. At this demonstration you'll see a few of the tasks dogs can perform as they work with their human partners to achieve independence. The presenter will also share the many ways that service dogs can support people with disabilities and share with you the process for obtaining a dog for yourself or someone you love. The presenting organization, Canine Assistants, is a not-for-profit program that trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. Jennifer Arnold founded Canine Assistants in 1991 after she had been diagnosed with MS and required the help of a wheelchair. She is uniquely familiar with the value of service dogs. Learn more at canineassistants.org.