There are five organizations from Japan and Taiwan that make up the membership of Assistance Dogs Asia and these organizations are playing an active role in ADI, taking the lead in supporting the rehabilitation of disabled people through the expansion of assistance dog activities. I believe they have unlimited growth potential as a result of Asia’s continuing economic growth as well as need for improvement in social policies for the disabled.

By laying this new foundation and partnership, Assistance Dogs Asia hopes to play a pivotal role in expanding assistance dog related work throughout Asia and create a strong regional ADI Regional Chapter based on the positive sharing of knowledge and skills. Assistance dog training organizations in Asia will continue to strive for a society where people can enhance their lives by partnering with an assistance dog. It is hoped that AD Asia will become a formal ADI Regional Chapter within the next year.

William Chen