“Humanity Road is committed to shining the light on service dogs which empower accessibility and support functional needs for thousands of people daily. We are committed to sharing information that is relevant, and timely for citizens with functional needs.” Says Alice McGowen, team lead for the Disabilities, Accessibility & Functional Needs (#DAFN) program at Humanity Road.
Alice has been disabled for 21 years and has had two service Dogs. She is trained in CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications (CERC), ADA Accessible Assembly Areas and is the recipient of the 2013 Gold Presidential Service award for humanitarian service.
Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their devoted companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family. Assistance dogs include Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Hearing Alert Dogs, Seizure Alert/Response Dogs and Medical Alert/Response Dogs.
International Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. Davis is the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, a resource book that captures personal stories, checklists and practical tips to provide the reader with an A-Z guide about service dogs and she is the host of the Internet radio program, Working Like Dogs, at www.petliferadio.com. As a member of a service dog team, she founded Working Like Dogs to honor assistance dogs around the world.