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International Association of
Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)

IAADP Conference Information


In lieu of a traditional conference in 2013, IAADP embarked on a pioneering venture in cyberspace. Our goal was to broaden the opportunity for over 3000 IAADP members and many others with a personal or professional interest in our workshops to benefit through online attendance. We waived the Registration fee to ensure cost would not be an obstacle.

This exciting online Event first broadcast on July 20th attracted viewers from the USA, Canada, and as far away as New Zealand, Germany, Turkey, Israel, the Netherlamds and Spain. We featured two workshops, each a bit over one hour in length with an introduction by IAADP.

Now available as separate workshops for “on demand” viewing!

( 1 ) Access to Hospitals & Other Healthcare Facilities for Disabled Persons with Service Animals

Presenters: Sally Conway, U.S. Department of Justice, Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Section & Eileen Hanrahan, J.D., the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Supervisory Civil Rights Analyst in the Office of Civil Rights.

( 2 ) Assessing Dogs for a Service Dog Career

Jeanne Hampl, R.N., Executive Director of the Prison Pet Partnership Program, (service dog provider); after 1999, President, Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound, trainer who holds weekly service dog training classes for owner trainers.

Instructions for "On Demand" viewing of Workshops


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Workshop #1: Access to Hospitals and Other Healthcare Facilities for Disabled Persons with Service Animals (Duration: 1 hour 19 minutes)

YouTube Web Link / URL: http://www.youtube.com/embed/JUrqb9KwNNk

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Workshop #2: Assessing Dogs for a Service Dog Career (Duration: 1 hour 19 minutes)

YouTube Web Link URL: http://www.youtube.com/embed/s1jwM98iWnsk

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       for Disabled Persons with Service Animals

Presenters: Sally Conway, the Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights section at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Eileen Hanrahan J.D.,Supervisory Civil Rights Analyst in the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

There are two very important federal civil rights laws pertaining to the access rights of disabled persons with assistance dogs in a health care setting in the USA. Unfortunately, these laws seem to be poorly understood by many members of the health care provider community insofar as their legal obligations with regard to the civil rights of assistance dog partners. Some hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers have put out a welcome mat and do bend over backwards to accommodate assistance dog teams. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge their exemplary efforts.

Which law should disabled persons cite if they encounter an access problem with their guide dog, hearing dog or service dog in health care facilities? Is it Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990? In what situations would each law apply or take precedence? What are the rights and responsibilities of health care providers? Which federal agency should be contacted for additional information or enforcement purposes? These are just some of the questions on which we sought clarification.

This workshop is a tremendous educational opportunity for assistance dog partners, their families, hospital employees (especially administrators, security guards, patient care and/or ADA coordinators), doctors, dentists and many other health care providers, legal consultants, assistance dog training programs, advocates in the disabled community and relevant state agencies. This workshop covers a wide range of topics and discusses options on how to handle complicated issues that can arise. The representatives of these two federal agencies also addressed specific questions submitted by IAADP which our Information & Advocacy Center had received from disabled persons and hospital administrators seeking guidance.


Presenter: Jeanne Hampl R.N.

As the Executive Director of the Prison Pet Partnership Program, 1994-1998, Jeanne selected and supervised the training of service dog candidates by prison inmates, placing the successful dogs with disabled applicants. She also shared her nonprofit program’s pioneering work in identifying and training seizure alert dogs through Assistance Dogs International (ADI) conference workshops and through the media. From 1999 - 2013, as the founder and current President of the Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound, Jeanne has helped many disabled persons to find and train suitable candidates to become their assistance dog, holding weekly training classes for that purpose. She is a longtime member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI).

WHO Can Benefit from this Workshop?

The demand for highly trained service dogs from reputable nonprofit programs in North America continues to far exceed the supply available to the disabled community each year. This leaves thousands of persons with a wide range of disabling conditions other than deafness or blindness who must look into other options in the attempt to make their dream of a service dog come true. The same holds true for the disabled population in some other countries where a shortage of funding, service dog trainers and /or suitable dogs limit how many dogs can be trained and placed each year and given follow up support by existing assistance dog training programs.

IAADP believes everyone dedicated to fostering high behavioral and training standards for guide, hearing and service dogs and the responsible use of legal access rights is a stakeholder in the success of such individuals. We would like to increase their chances of achieving a successful outcome. This workshop is the latest addition to our educational outreach efforts.

Over the years IAADP has received a number of bitter consumer complaints from disabled persons and their families about a trainer or program that took advantage of their inexperience and desperation. Some have been referred to IAADP by a guide dog school or a hearing dog or service dog program belonging to Assistance Dogs International (ADI) which was initially contacted by these consumers looking for training help to try to fix their dog’s problems due the huge emotional and /or financial investment they have in that dog.

So one of IAADP’s goals in holding this workshop is to educate disabled veterans, the parents of disabled children and many others seeking a service dog to try to help them become more savvy consumers and to be better able to recognize if a dog offered to them is suitable [ or NOT ] for this career and the particulars of their own situation.

Another important goal is to give a helping hand to those who may be considering the idea of owner-training a service dog for themselves or a disabled loved one. What factors should you consider before acquiring a puppy or an adult dog from a shelter, rescue, breeder or trainer? What tests can be useful in assessing a dog’s potential? If you already own a dog, how can you tell if this dog has the right traits needed for this challenging career?

In keeping with IAADP’s tradition of fostering the sharing of “how to” information between assistance dog partners and providers, this workshop also offers an opportunity to acquaint service dog trainers and nonprofit providers with some evaluation techniques that could be a valuable addition to their own assessment protocol.

Jean Hampl let us know she has set up an Email List for those who would like to have the opportunity for a Question & Answer discussion after her workshop. So if you would like to have further information on this topic and /or an opportunity to share your own insights on assessing dogs for a service dog career to help fairly new providers, trainers and those considering the owner-trainer option, she will provide Sign up information to you at the end of her presentation.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us: IAADP, info@iaadp.org or at 541-972-3647.

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