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ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

  • Dobbs Ferry, NY
  • www.ecad1.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate and place dogs with people with disabilities so they will have greater independence and mobility.

 

What makes us unique, our Assistance Dog trainers are students in alternative High Schools and Middle Schools.

Main Programs

  1. ECAD's Project HEAL
  2. ECAD's Canine Magic
  3. ECADemy(c)
  4. Best Friends
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Dobbs Ferry, NY. 10522

East of the Mississippi

from FL to Maine

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 1995

Self-reported

Mr Dale Picard

Co Principal Officer since 1995

Self-reported

Mrs. Lu Picard

Keywords

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Assistance Dogs,ECAD,ECADEMY PROJECT HEAL, VETERANS,,AT-RISK-TEENS, YOUTH, VETERANS, WOUNDED WARRIORS, volunteer,disabilities, Autism,children

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Also Known As

ECAD Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

EIN

06-1436718

 Number

5985294573

Physical Address

149 Newfield Rd

Torrington, CT 06790

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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For every dollar donated 3 lives are changed

Our clients -- that need these dogs to be more independent

Our students -- that educate the dogs

Our dogs -- that are raised with love and live with someone that truely needs them everyday

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ECAD's Project HEAL

ECAD's Project HEAL© is a program that honors and empowers Wounded Warriors by providing specially trained Service Dogs to increase independence and make a difference in their lives.

Our Project HEAL© Service Dogs are individually trained by at-risk teens in our ECADemy© program. These specially trained dogs pick up dropped objects, open and close doors, open refrigerators, pull wheelchairs, prevent overcrowding in public, interrupt nightmares and flashbacks, remind to take meds, warn of approaching strangers and reduce anxiety and stress, all the while providing unconditional love and comfort.

ECAD charges a one time commitement fee of $500 to our Veteran clients, and looks to private funding for the remaining cost. Each veteran is provided with 13 days of Team Training instruction in our Dobbs Ferry, NY facility. Through our visits to West Point and the Bronx VA Hospital we've become more aware of veterans' needs and expanded on our knowledge of how a Service Dog can help a veteran. ECAD's Therapy Dog, Blip, has been participating in TBI groups at the VA hospital. We've also invited veterans to come to Childrens Village to act as mentors to the boys and participate in Service Dog training classes.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 2

ECAD's Canine Magic

ECAD's Canine Magic is a specialized program focused on providing Service Dogs to children with Autism. These dogs assist a child with autism in areas of social, emotional, and cognitive development, but the dog's primary duty is to increase the child's physical safety by "anchoring". This is a method in which the dog wears a harness that is attached to the child's belt. The child also holds the harness and is taught to walk with the dog, but a third party facilitator (usually a parent or teacher) holds a second leash attached to the dog's collar. The parent can then give the dog a command to "stay" if the child becomes distracted, frustrated, or tries to bolt away, enabling the child to function well in situations that were previously impossible to handle.

Category

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

ECADemy(c)

A unique feature about ECAD is that all of the dogs we place are trained by adolescents attending alternative schools on the campuses of residential treatment centers. The ECADemy© program takes place in five facilities in lower New York, all of which specialize in helping children with emotional, behavioral, and learning problems.

On the surface, the ECADemy is a vocational education program designed to teach much-needed work skills and expose students to career choices to consider pursuing after high school. By assuming the roles of teachers and service providers, the students learn to set goals and solve problems using patience, communication skills, self-control, frustration tolerance, and motivational techniques. The students also perform a community service by helping people with disabilities to become more independent. Please see the ECADemy video for more details.

The therapeutic benefits of working with dogs go far beyond the educational, though. Most of our students are struggling with anger and pain, have difficulty succeeding at traditional schoolwork, and often feel incapable of giving or receiving love. In ECAD programs, working with the dogs helps even the most difficult children establish a sense of self worth, master their tempers, and learn to trust again. Every day, we see the dogs provide students with immediate and non-judgmental feedback about their own behavior, and teach them new ways to modify that behavior. For many of our students, it is the first time they have experienced ongoing success. The pride they gain from their accomplishments —and their dogs'— is invaluable.

The benefits work both ways, though. Thanks to the inexhaustible energy, dedication, enthusiasm, and creativity of the teen trainers, ECAD is able to produce a high number of extremely well-trained, well-socialized, highly skilled Assistance Dogs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 4

Best Friends

Animal Assisted Activities (AAA)
The PALS (Pet Assisted Learning Services) program was created in 1999 because it was clear to us that there were therapeutic benefits for children interacting with dogs. Originally ECAD implemented this simplified version of the ECADemy training program for younger children at the Children's Village, and now at the Henry Ittleson School in the Bronx and at mercyFirst in Syosset, NY. The goal is to help children improve their ability to focus, set and reach manageable goals, practice self control, and increase their self esteem through mastery of measurable skills. At mercyFirst, teens who successfully complete PALS may become eligible for the ECADemy program.

So many boys at the Children's Village asked to be allowed to pet the dogs, walk the dogs, talk to the dogs, or just see the dogs, that the Best Friends recreation program was created in October of 2005 to create opportunities for just that. The purpose is solely to allow boys to play with dogs! They participate in activities like walking on campus and exercising the dogs in the fenced-in track to visiting local nursing homes and senior centers, going to movies, museums, and community events. This program expanded awareness about ECAD throughout the campus of the Children's Village, including the non-secure detention units. The Best Friends Program inspires many young teens to work harder and achieve the privilege of working at the Canine Training Center. It has become one of the most popular weekend programs on campus.

The WAY (Work Appreciation for Youth) Program is a job readiness program created by the Children's Village and has been replicated in sites around the country. ECAD became an after school worksite in 1999, offering boys a chance to be employed in either Service Dog Training or Kennel Management. Attendance is remarkably high, despite the fact that it's not very glamorous--boys are responsible for cleaning the facility, exercising dogs in all weather, feeding them, washing them, and scooping LOTS of poop! We even have Career Academy students who come before school, during school, and after school! They are learning a strong work ethic as well as skills that will serve them well long after they leave CV.

According to the Delta Society(http://www.deltasociety.org/) :

AAA provides opportunities for motivational, educational, recreational, and/or therapeutic benefits to enhance quality of life.

AAAs are delivered in a variety of settings by a specially trained professional, paraprofessional, and/or volunteer in association with animals that meet specific criteria.

AAA is not evaluated in relation to specific treatment goals.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Dobbs Ferry, NY. 10522

East of the Mississippi

from FL to Maine

Social Media

Accreditations

Assistance Dogs International Inc.

Videos

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EAST COAST ASSISTANCE DOGS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

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Principal Officer

Mr Dale Picard

Co Principal Officer

Mrs. Lu Picard

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We are positioning for ECAD to continue long after the founders are no longer involved, with the values to remain focus forward with the main purpose to place the best dogs with children, adults, and veterans that desire independence in their lives obtain it..   ."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

MR Dale Picard PRESIDENT

BOARD OF DIRECTOR, VOLUNTEER

Term: 2009 - 2011

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