One of the ways IC connects our clients with disabilities to their community is through our Service Dog Training Program. Through our partnership with Paws for Freedom and with the help of OT students from Kansas University, clients and peers are involved in the hands-on care and training of service dogs. There are many benefits in working with these dogs:

          • Helps build self-confidence and often has a calming influence on our clients
          • Walking, grooming, and training a dog are useful tools for teaching our clients and peers responsibility and helps them focus on something other than themselves
          • Communication skills improve, and the teamwork required to train each dog teaches young people valuable lessons
          • This program also teaches the value of giving back and helping others