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University Researcher, International Assistance Dog Week Founder Announce Partnership to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities Partnered with Assistance Dogs
Date:7/24/2013

Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) July 24, 2013

Did you know that assistance dogs include guide dogs, service dogs, hearing dogs, seizure and diabetes alert dogs, PTSD dogs and more? Increasingly, assistance dogs of all types are transforming the lives of their human partners in a multitude of ways.

People with physical disabilities and military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder are just some of those partnered with assistance dogs. But what happens when these men and women, accompanied by their canine partners, seek employment? Employers often lack information on how to handle what is to them, unfamiliar ground.

The Job Accommodation Network, a service of the Department of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor, is already fielding more and more inquiries about workplace accommodations concerning assistance animals.

In honor of International Assistance Dog Week, August 4 – 10, 2013, West Virginia University associate professor and researcher, Margaret Glenn, and assistance dog expert, Marcie Davis, founder of IADW, author of "Working Like Dogs: The Assistance Dog Guidebook," and host of the Working Like Dogs radio show, are announcing a groundbreaking initiative with the goal of expanding career horizons for people with disabilities who partner with assistance animals.

A year-long awareness and information gathering effort will include interviews with both employers and experienced assistance dog teams (employees paired with assistance dogs) to move this never-before-researched area into the mainstream of employment policies and practice. Findings will be disseminated widely to increase employment success among those with disabilities and provide answers to employers inexperienced in accommodating assistance dog teams.

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