Assistance Dogs International North America Regional Chapter (ADINA)
Assistance Dogs International North America Regional Chapter is dedicated to supporting the work of assistance dog programs across the United States and Canada. It was created in 2007.
ADI North America Board Call for Nominations
Access and Laws
View links for information on public access laws for Canada
View links for information on public access laws for the United States of America
Airline Access Campaign
The ADI North America Airline Accessibility Campaign has added an education toolkit that is available below. The goal of this campaign is to educate airport/airline personnel and the US Department of Transportation on access rights and expected service animal behavior for people with disabilities traveling with service animals. With every program's help, we will further position Assistance Dogs International as the expert in the field of assistance dogs and the one to consult when laws and access related issues are challenged. These efforts are ultimately to provide for easier access for all of our graduate teams.
We encourage every ADI NA member program to educate their local airport personnel with the assistance of a PowerPoint that has been developed. Contacting the marketing and communications department of your local airport is a good starting point, if you don't already have a contact. After presenting this material, please fill out the form on the link below so that we can track which airports this has been shared and determine which ones we need to target more specifically. These is also an airline access campaign poster that can be shared in a printed format of any size that describes the differences between service dogs, emotional support animals and pets. ADI NA encourages each program to supply their graduate teams with an ADI accredited member logo or patch on their working dogs' vests/capes or equipment to help identify our graduates while in airports and the general public.
Click HERE for the Airline Access Campaign Toolkit PowerPoint Presentation
Link to Completed Presentation Form
30th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Sheila O'Brien, Chair of the ADI NA Regional Chapter Board wrote an article, Assistance Dog Access before ADA, on the efforts of ADI to identify Hearing Dogs in public before the approval of the ADA.
ADI NA Regional Chapter Board
Sheila O’Brien, Guide Dog Foundation/America's VetDogs, USA, Chairman
Sheri Soltes, Service Dogs, Inc., USA, Vice Chairman
Laura Watamanuk, Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS), Canada, Secretary
Susan Armstrong, Guide Dogs for the Blind, USA
Jenny BrodKorb, Service Dogs for America, USA
Jeanine Konopelski, Canine Companions for Independence, USA
Jennifer Rogers, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Sciences (PAALS), USA
Lori Stevens, Patriot Paws Service Dogs, USA
Rick Yount, Warrior Canine Connection, USA
Contact ADI NA
ADI Executive Director