ADAI Helps People Increase Their Independence
Welcome to Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, a program of The Ability Center, located in Sylvania, Ohio. ADAI helps children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual’s daily needs. For over 25 years, our assistance dogs have helped transform the lives of individuals and their communities. Our therapy dogs, equally highly trained, offer comfort and companionship to children in schools, and individuals with developmental disabilities including autism and Down Syndrome.
To advance its mission, ADAI has launched several innovative programs, including Prisoners Uniting Pups and People (PUPP Program). Inmates at the Toledo Correctional Institution gain a new skill set and learn about responsibility by raising and training dogs for ADAI. This program continues to be a successful partnership, and many graduates of the PUPP Program have been placed with people in our service area.
Studies and our own success stories show again and again that dogs can provide tremendous benefits to individuals by reducing the physical obstacles facing people with disabilities, as well as social barriers.
At ADAI, volunteers and sponsors allow us to provide these essential services to those with disabilities and special needs. With their support, we will continue to train and provide service and therapy dogs to enhance the lives of more and more individuals.