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BIALA Resource Guide for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

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Assistance Dogs International

 Nationwide
Nation Wide

Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI) is a worldwide coalition of not-for-profit programs that train and place Assistance Dogs. Founded in 1986 from a group of seven small programs, ADI has become the leading authority in the Assistance Dog industry. Members of ADI meet regularly to share ideas and conduct business regarding educating the public about assistance dogs, advocating for the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with assistance dogs, and the setting of standards and establishing guidelines and ethics for the training of these dogs.


Sheri Soltes
Chair, Assistance Dogs International, North America
512-680-4009 (m)

Sheila O’Brien
Chair, ADI NA Legislative and Advocacy Committee
631-672-5895 (m)

Canine Companions

 Nationwide
2965 Dutton Avenue
Santa Rosa

Lead with independence. Canine Companions® provides service dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities and facility dogs to professionals working in healthcare, criminal justice and educational settings - at no cost to our clients

Canine Companions serves:

  • Adults with physical or auditory disabilities.
  • Children with physical or cognitive disabilities aged five or older or adults with physical or cognitive disabilities who require the assistance of a facilitator such as a parent, caregiver or spouse.
  • Veterans with a physical or auditory disability or post-traumatic stress disorder* (PTSD).
  • Professionals working in a health care, visitation, criminal justice or education setting.

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