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  1. Let's "Paws" to Consider the Possibility: Using Support Dogs with Victims of Crime

    Today, a service dog helping an individual with sight limitations is accepted and relatively common. There are other trained dogs including those who serve individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who serve individuals with mobility limitations. Provincial, territorial, and federal...

  2. VA provides service dog benefits to Veterans with mental health disorders (August 18, 2016)

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    VA announced that the "veterinary health benefit" program for service dogs (provides veterinary well-being and medical/surgical insurance plus some other reimbursements for travel and equipment) will be expanded to include veterans who have mobility impairments due...

  3. Animals on VA Property, Federal Register 2015, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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    This is the Final Rule (Regulation) governing the presence of service dogs on VA property. Although federal agencies are not subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is intended to be consistent with the ADA Regulations (administered by the Department of Justice).SUMMARY: The...

  4. Final Rule, "Service Dogs", Federal Register 2012, Description of Regulations Governing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Service Dog Benefit Program

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    This regulation includes an extensive preamble that summarizes and addresses comments received by VA on an earlier draft of the document, and discusses why psychiatric service dogs are not currently covered.SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations concerning...

  5. Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Hospice: The National Home and Hospice Care Survey: United States, 2007

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    Contributor(s):: Anita Bercovitz, Manisha Sengupta, Adrienne Jones, Lauren D. Harris-Kojetin

    Objective—This report presents national estimates on the provision and use of complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) in hospice. Comparisons of organizational characteristics of hospice care providers are presented by whether the provider offered CAT. Comparisons of...

  6. Animal-assisted therapy in counseling and school settings. ERIC/CASS Digest.

    Contributor(s):: Cynthia Chandler

    Recent research and experience has demonstrated that the use of dogs as "co-therapists" may be of assistance to counselors in counseling with withdrawn and non-communicative counselees. The use of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and animal-assisted activity (AAA) may be another useful...

  7. A brief information resource on assistance animals for the disabled

    Contributor(s):: Kristina Adams, Stacy Rice

    Providing for the health of humans through animal interactions dates back many centuries. As an example, horseback riding is mentioned throughout history as a cure for various sicknesses including gout, neurological disorders and depression. Today, animals provide therapeutic benefits to humans...