One of the ways IC connects individuals 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, participants and peer volunteers 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
            • Walking, grooming, and training a dog are useful tools for teaching participants 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