Service Dog Presentation & Demonstration
Sept 4, 6:45 pm
The Commission on Disability, Autism Speaks and Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals have partnered to bring Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) to the island to educate businesses and community members about service dogs and the laws that govern them. A skills demonstration with service dogs will be included.
The forum and demonstrations, which are open to the public, will take place at 6:45 pm, Tuesday, September 4th in the Nantucket Police Department’s downstairs Community Room, 2 Fairgrounds Road.
ECAD, a nonprofit organization based in New York City, trains dogs for clients who have a physical or cognitive disability that limits one or more major life activities and that can be improved by the use of a specially trained dog. Each training is customized to meet the needs of the clients, who have a variety of limitations in strength, balance, coordination or mobility. Dogs are taught to retrieve items, open doors, activate light switches, pull wheelchairs, balance, brace and perform many other highly specialized tasks.
Another specialized component of ECAD is Canine Magic for assisting individuals on the Autism Spectrum with social, emotional and cognitive challenges, as well as seizure disorders. Additionally, ECAD trains the service dogs to “anchor” or “stay” in order to protect the safety of the individual on the Spectrum who becomes frustrated and distracted, and consequently “bolts” or runs away. Through Canine Magic, individuals with autism can monitor their behaviors and succeed in situations that might not have been possible in the past.
For more information about ECAD, please visit their website, www.ecad.org. For questions about the Nantucket presentation, please contact Brenda McDonough, Facilitator, Commission on Disability, 508.825.8085, [email protected].