Each October, ADA and Accessibility Services in the Office for Equity and Accessibility hosts an event to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month and highlight the university's commitment to build and maintain a culture of inclusion and diversity.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign sponsored by the Department of Labor designed to raise awareness concerning disability employment issues.
Animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Friday, October 14, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena
500 Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Saint Francis Service Dogs and Healing Strides of Virginia will present and provide demonstrations.
At 10 a.m., Cabel Youell from Saint Francis Service Dogs will present on how service dogs are trained. Youell will also do a demonstration with one of the service dogs.
Accredited by Assistance Dogs International, Saint Francis Service Dogs is the largest service dog organization in Virginia. They professionally train service dogs to assist people with a wide range of disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, joint and/or muscular diseases, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
At 11:15 a.m. members from Healing Strides of Virginia will present about their organization and provide a demonstration with some of their horses.
Healing Strides of Virginia is a non-profit, Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy Program. The program includes, therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning, equine assisted psychotherapy, hippotherapy, and several other programs related to equine therapies.