• Boston Abilities Expo
    September 18 - 20, 2015
    The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

We get by with a little help from our furry friends

Animals have become an intrinsic part of the disability community. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent.

Assistance Dogs
Service Monkeys

Assistance Dogs

Friday, September 5: 3:00 - 3:30 pm (Assistance Dog Demo)
Saturday, September 6: 11:45 am - 12:45 pm (Service Dogs 101 Workshop)
Sunday, September 7: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Assistance Dog Demo)

Assistance Dog

More than ever assistance dogs are meeting the needs of people with different disabilities. Meet several assistance dogs and their human partners. Watch them demonstrate the many ways they work together to achieve independence in various areas of their lives. Following the demo, join us to learn some of the basic commands for the dogs.

Service Monkeys

Friday, September 5: 11:45 am - 12:45 pm (Service Monkey Workshop)

Capuchin monkeys are wonderful service animals for adults with significant mobility impairments as the result of spinal cord and other injuries/illnesses. Learn about Helping Hands capuchin monkeys: how they are trained, the tasks they perform, the benefits of the human/service monkey bond, and eligibility requirements for potential applicants. A film will be shown featuring a number of our clients documenting life with a monkey helper. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Assistance Monkey helping man in wheelchair


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