UDS Service Dogs Program Achieves Accreditation by Assistance Dogs International

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LANCASTER, PA -- United Disabilities Services (UDS) Service Dog Program, an assistance dog program dedicated to assisting people with disabilities, is pleased to announce that it achieved reaccreditation by Assistance Dogs International (ADI). ADI is the leading authority in the assistance dogs industry. It establishes and promotes standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership.

UDS Service Dogs trains puppies starting at the age of 8 weeks to work as service dogs for people with mobility challenges and autism, facility dogs in school districts and therapy offices as well as veterans with PTSD. We mainly work with Labrador Retrievers due to their high work drive, however recently there has been a high demand for non-shedding breeds and we are now working with Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Bernedoodles and Aussiedoodles to address those client needs.

Once accredited, a program becomes a member of ADI. Member programs must complete a reaccreditation every 5 years to comply with ADI's Standards of Practice. ADI accreditation is a peer-review process conducted by a trained ADI assessor over a period of two to four days. Currently there are 155 ADI-accredited assistance dog programs in the world.

About UDS Foundation

UDS Foundation is a Lancaster, PA-based organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people with physical and age-related disabilities. UDS accomplishes that by providing a variety of home- and community-based services to help people with disabilities enjoy safer, happier, and more independent lives in the comfort of their homes. Incorporated in 1970, UDS has evolved from a small organization to a company providing a network of 12 different programs through several nonprofit and for-profit entities. UDS serves individuals with disabilities, including the aging and veterans, throughout Pennsylvania and coordinates a network of business partners and satellite offices in multiple counties. For more information, visit www.udservices.org.

About Assistance Dogs International

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a worldwide coalition of non-profit organizations that raise, train and place assistance dogs. The mission of ADI is to foster a collaborative global community dedicated to the highest standards of excellence for the assistance dog industry. For more information, visit www.assistancedogsinternational.org or contact Chris Diefenthaler, ADI's Executive Director at chris@assistancedogsinternational.org or 419-350-5788.

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SOURCE: United Disabilities Services

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