Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland Achieves Accreditation by Assistance Dogs International

03 Nov 2022

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland are pleased to announce that we have 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.

Currently there are 150 ADI accredited assistance dog programmess in the world. We were proud to became the first Autism Assistance Dog Training Programme in Ireland to be accredited by Assistance Dogs International in 2017.Once accredited, a programme becomes a member of ADI. Member programmes 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 2-4 days. 

As a Member Programme of Assistance Dogs International, we believe that programmes and individuals involved in the assistance dog industry have common goals and interests that are best achieved by uniformly complying with all local and national laws as well as ethical, moral and legal policies, practices, and procedures.

We are honoured to demonstrate our commitment to this belief through voluntary participation in the ADI accreditation process.

Our achievement of ADI accreditation means that the facilities and operation of our assistance dog programme meet ADI’s standards of excellence.

The following areas are evaluated during the accreditation survey:

- Programme Management

- Administration

- Facilities

- Community Activities

Compliance with ADI standards in all these operational areas means our programme has ADI accreditation for a further five years.

We are proud to be an Accredited Assistance Dogs International member programme and recognised for maintaining standards of excellence in all areas of our assistance programme.

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. 

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