Who we are
Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI) is a worldwide coalition of non-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.
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ADI Summary Overview, Vision, Mission and Governance
ADI fosters a collaborative global community dedicated to the highest standards of excellence for the assistance dog industry.
A global network of organizations collaborating to ensure high quality assistance dogs create new paths of possibilities for the individuals they support.
MEMBER SERVICE:We are a non-profit, member-driven and transparent organization. We hold ourselves accountable for meeting and exceeding our members" expectations.
COLLABORATION:We work together in relationships based in mutual trust with everyone dedicated to creating a better future for people in partnership with assistance dogs.
EXCELLENCE:We are committed to innovation and continuous learning, to achieve the highest standards for service, quality and ethical practice.
DOG HEALTH & WELFARE:To ensure the physical and emotional safety of assistance dogs. We are committed to training methods, care and treatment that demonstrate partnership, appreciation and respect.
RESPECT:We treat all persons with dignity regardless of differences in race, sex, religion, culture or ability. We seek out opportunities to be culturally responsive, and to enhance diversity and inclusion.
Assistance Dogs organizations that pass ADI’s accreditation process become ADI Accredited Member programs, and are regularly assessed to ensure they meet the highest standards in the industry.
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Why should my organization become accredited?
Assistance Dogs International membership provides the opportunity to belong to a worldwide organization of assistance dog organizations that share a mission of training and placing the highest quality of trained assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities to improve their quality of life.
ADI facilitates the exchange of best practices, knowledge of industry trends, further education of its members and the public, and the opportunity to be involved in the development of the highest standards in the assistance dog industry. ADI offers support to new and existing assistance dog not-for-profit programs that wish to improve their quality of operations.
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