The Global Authority in the Assistance Dogs Industry
Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI) is a worldwide coalition of non-profit programs that train and place Assistance Dogs. Founded in 1986 from a group of seven small programs, ADI has become the leading authority in the Assistance Dog industry.
The objectives of Assistance Dogs International are to:
Assistance Dogs organizations that pass ADI’s accreditation process become ADI Accredited Member programs, and are regularly assessed to ensure they meet the highest standards in the industry.
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Assistance Dogs International membership provides the opportunity to belong to a worldwide organization of assistance dog organizations that share a mission of training and placing the highest quality of trained assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities to improve their quality of life.
ADI facilitates the exchange of best practices, knowledge of industry trends, further education of its members and the public, and the opportunity to be involved in the development of the highest standards in the assistance dog industry. ADI offers support to new and existing assistance dog not-for-profit programs that wish to improve their quality of operations.
Accredited Member Programs
Assistance Dogs Placed in 2019
Total Active Assistance Dogs Team in 2019
Volunteers assisting ADI Accredited Member programs
A generic term for guide, hearing, or service dog specifically trained to do more than one task to mitigate the effects of an individual’s disability. The presence of a dog for protection, personal defense, or comfort does not qualify that dog as an assistance dog.
A dog that guides individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The presence of a dog for protection, personal defense, or comfort does not qualify that dog as a guide dog.
A dog that alerts individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to specific sounds.
A dog that works for individuals with disabilities other than blindness or deafness. They are trained to perform a wide variety of tasks including but not limited to; pulling a wheelchair, bracing, retrieving, alerting to a medical crisis, and providing assistance in a medical crisis.
A dog trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to many people in many different settings. Therapy dogs are not covered under the American Disability Act (ADA), and therefore do not have the same public access rights as an assistance dog and its handler.
A specially trained dog that is working with a volunteer or professional who is trained by a program. The work of a facility dog can include visitations or professional therapy in one or more locations. Public access is permitted only when the dog and handler, who is a trained volunteer or professional, is directly working with a client with a disability.
A dog that provides only emotional support to an individual with a mental health condition or emotional disorder. An emotional support dog is a companion animal that by the presence of the dog provides comfort to an individual with a disability. The emotional support dog does not perform tasks to mitigate a person's disability. Emotional support dogs are not covered under the American Disability Act (ADA) and therefore do not have the same public access rights as an assistance dog and its handler.