Our mission is to educate and place dogs with people with disabilities so they will have greater independence and mobility.
Mr Dale Picard
Mrs. Lu Picard
PO Box 831
Torrington, CT 06790 USA
Assistance Dogs,ECAD,ECADEMY PROJECT HEAL, VETERANS,,AT-RISK-TEENS, YOUTH, VETERANS, WOUNDED WARRIORS, volunteer,disabilities, Autism,children
Animal Training, Behavior (D61)
Human Service Organizations (P20)
Student Services and Organizations (B80)
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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.
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
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Assistance Dogs International Inc.
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
as of 12/22/2016
MR Dale Picard PRESIDENT
BOARD OF DIRECTOR, VOLUNTEER
Term: 2009 - 2011
President of the Board
ADMIN OF SPECIAL ED AT MERCY FIRST CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
operating engineer in local 138
Teacher, Mercy First
Attorney and ECAD Service Dog Team
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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?
Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?
Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?
Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?