ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

aka ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities   |   Torrington, CT   |  WWW.ECAD1.ORG

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Mr Dale Picard

Co Principal Officer

Mrs. Lu Picard

Main address

PO Box 831

Torrington, CT 06790 USA

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EIN

06-1436718

NTEE code info

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

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Accreditations

Assistance Dogs International Inc. 2001

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ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

Board of directors
as of 12/22/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

MR Dale Picard

BOARD OF DIRECTOR, VOLUNTEER

Term: 2009 - 2011

Tina Burnham

Crown Property

Dale Picard

ECAD

ANN HOENIG

ADMIN OF SPECIAL ED AT MERCY FIRST CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

James Hoenig

operating engineer in local 138

Steve O'Connor

Teacher, Mercy First

Jean Waters

Attorney and ECAD Service Dog Team