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Upcoming Stroke Support Group
Please join us at the next Clay County Medical Center's Stroke Support Group meeting.  Survivors of stroke, family members, and friends are welcome to attend along with all interested persons.
Our guest speaker will be from KSDS, Inc. out of Washington, Kansas.  It is a non-profit organization promoting independence and inclusion of individuals who are visually impaired or physically disabled by providing highly-trained canine assistance and support. They also provide social dogs for professionals who could use some canine assistance in their specialty.
Please come and learn about services dogs. There will be a demonstration and a program.

November 18, 2008 (Tuesday)
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
CLAY COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
EDUCATION CENTER (2ND FLOOR)

Contact Person: Brenda Bohnenblust, 632-2144.


KSDS, INC. At CCMC Stroke Support Group
November 18, 2008

KSDS, Inc., a non-profit organization providing canine assistance to individuals with disabilities located in Washington, KS, was the guest speaker this month at the Stroke Support Group.

KSDS, Inc. is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International. KSDS, Inc. adheres to and exceeds the minimum standards of training requirements and ethics set forth by ADI.

Most of the dogs are Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers from the selective breeding program at KSDS, Inc. Dogs are chosen with considerations given to their temperament and trainability.

PUPPY RAISERS

Training for a KSDS, Inc. assistance dog begins as a puppy. The Foster Puppy Raiser volunteers teach the puppy basic obedience, house and public manners, and socialization. When the work in the puppy raiser's home is complete, the puppy will return to the KSDS, Inc. facilities where specialized skills will be taught to prepare the dog for the working world of gaining independence for an individual with a disability.

AREAS OF ASSISTANCE

Social Dogs: Are trained to work with a professional in the field of education, counseling, medicine, rehabilitation, retirement and specialty agencies.

Service Dogs: These assistance dogs are used by individuals with physical disabilities. They are trained to help pull a wheelchair, retrieve articles, provide balance, turn lights on/off, and open doors.

Guide Dogs: These specially trained dogs provide mobility assistance to those individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

For more information about KSDS, Inc. visit: www.ksds.org